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Ryan Robbins returns as computer specialist and resident tech expert Henry Foss, in the third season of the groundbreaking sci fi series Sanctuary. In the series, Robbins’ character is also revealed to be a “hyper-accelerated protean life form” - a type of werewolf - who is learning to control his ability to change physical form at will.
This year, Robbins received a Leo Award nomination for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his work on the show. In 2009, he was honoured to accept the award for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series. On a lighter note, Robbins also made BuddyTV’s list of the “Sexiest Werewolves of TV and Film” and Blastr’s “This Fall’s 10 Most Awesome Sci-Fi TV Characters”.
Canadian-born and raised in Victoria, BC, Ryan Robbins attended arts oriented schools where he wrote, produced, directed and starred in high school productions. After high school, Robbins began his professional career as a circus performer, traveling to Australia to perform.
Longing for a new creative outlet, he moved back to Canada and in Vancouver, helped form an experimental band, Hellenkeller. During that time, he was a struggling artist, believing in his art. But he was also homeless, living in a van during the winter months. It all changed for Robbins one night while on stage performing with his band. He was discovered by a local filmmaker who launched his career into the world of film and television.
A character actor, Robbins is constantly reinventing himself; aspiring to keep each character fresh and unique. He has starred in recurring roles on Caprica, Blade, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, The Collector and was the series lead in the CTV series Alice I Think. He also played a starring role in the popular web series (now turned television series) Riese, returning to Sanctuary’s beginnings on the net.
Last year, Robbins finished shooting the iconic role of Charles Manson in the feature film Leslie, My Name is Evil for which he has received high critical praise, including this critic’s comments: “Congratulations, however, must be reserved for Ryan Robbins’ portrayal of Manson. If ever a part encouraged manic Nicolas-Cage-on-Red-Bull overacting, Charlie is definitely that role, but Robbins demonstrates just the right balance of energy and restraint. His Manson feels as incipiently dangerous as a fallen beehive, but he never seems like he’s trying to hijack the movie to get there,” Fangoria Magazine.
Other television and film credits include Passengers opposite Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson, The Cabin Movie, When Jesse Was Born (a multiple award winner), Supernatural, JPod, Reaper, Smallville, Catwoman, Walking Tall, The Days, Kingdom Hospital, The Bug (winner of three Leo Awards) and Steven Spielberg’s Taken, as well as the highly acclaimed Spielberg mini-series Into the West. Robbins also recently shot the film Wrecked with Adrien Brody.
Robbins won a Best Actor award at the Sacramento Film Festival for the short film When Jesse Was Born and has also won several Leo awards including one in 2008 for his guest starring role on CBC’s JPod and was nominated for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his role on The Guard.
Robbins is still very active musically and is currently in the process of recording a new album. He continues to write songs, and research new projects – particularly his passion, independent film.
Robbins also admits he loves a “good fight.” A big fan of the UFC and mixed martial arts in general, he enjoys watching and training and occasionally is a recreational participant. Not that his skill level is that of a novice. Robbins has been actively training in various forms of martial arts since he was ten years old.