In his very last scene, it appeared Ryan had drowned in a river. On 8 May , it was confirmed Ryan had drowned when his body was discovered. Ryan has been billed as "a good guy in a committed relationship who will move into the village.
He is a grounded family man with principles and integrity but who will fight tooth and nail for what he believes in. A show spokesperson teased that "viewers will be torn between luckless Ste and a man who on paper is a better example for his children but not their dad. He is the nephew of D. Ryan immediately clashes with Amy's ex-boyfriend, Ste Hay. Ste does not want Ryan around his kids and they constantly come to blows. Amy and Ryan win full custody of the kids and try to cut Ste out of the kids' lives.
Amy finds out Ryan cheated and dumps him so he leaves for Canada. Ryan returns from Canada and begs Amy to marry him. Amy comes around and they are married in a beautiful ceremony. After the ceremony, Ryan and Amy announce they are moving to the United States, where Ryan has been offered a job.
Ste refuses to let Ryan and Amy take the kids and they go to an emergency custody hearing. The judge grants Ryan and Amy permission to move with the kids, leaving Ste furious. Amy is murdered later that night, her body being found by Ryan and her father, Mike Tony Hirst.
Ste is charged with Amy's murder. Ryan takes over raising Leah and Lucas. He grows close to Mercedes and they begin a relationship. Ryan admits to Mercedes that he stole the footage because he had cheated on Amy that night. The person he slept with turns out to be Kyle Kelly Adam Rickitt.
Ryan is scared that the truth about his adultery and sexuality will come out. Ryan has Kyle arrested for drug dealing to stop him from exposing their affair to Mercedes, but Kyle ends up telling her anyways and she dumps Ryan. James begins to take things too far and Ryan cuts ties with him. Ryan testifies to Ste's good character in court and Ste is acquitted.
It is eventually revealed that it was Ryan who murdered Amy. Ryan had accidentally called Amy during his encounter with Kyle and left her a voicemail.
When Ryan arrived home, Amy confronted him about cheating on her. She threatened to tell everyone he is gay and he murdered her in a fit of rage. Kyle is released from prison and begs Ryan to give them a chance, but Ryan vehemently refuses. Ryan tries to pick up a male prostitute, but then has to pretend he is on sting operation when the prostitute turns out to be Harry Thompson Parry Glasspool. James is suspicious and confronts Ryan, who emotionally admits that he sleeps with men.
Ryan becomes overwhelmed with guilt and decides to confess to murdering Amy. Harry had gone to confront Amy about taking Ste's children and she accidentally fell and hit her head. Ryan threatens to turn Harry into the police, but James blackmails him that he will tell everyone he is gay if he does. Ste and Ryan impulsively sleep together, but Ryan declares it a mistake.
Harry is arrested for Amy's murder. Tegan is upset with Ryan when she learns he already knew what Harry did. Both feeling lost, Ryan and Ste turn to each other and Tegan sees them in the heat of passion. Tegan and Ryan have an explosive confrontation and he calls Tegan by Amy's name, making her realise that he killed Amy. When Tegan threatens to go to the police, Ryan suffocates her.
Believing that he has killed her, Ryan places Tegan in the bath to make it look like an accident. Tegan turns out to still be alive, but she is in a coma. Kim tells Ryan she knows he killed Amy so he kidnaps her and locks her in the basement of Hollyoaks High.
Ryan leaves town fearing that the truth about him will be exposed. Ryan rushes back to town when he receives a message from Ste saying Leah is in hospital, but it turns out Leah is fine and that she had actually sent him the message.
Ryan finally accepts that he is gay and starts a relationship with Ste. Tegan awakes from her coma and reveals everything Ryan has done. Ryan is finally arrested for Amy's murder. Farrah helps Ryan escape, but then he discovers she is wearing a wire.
Ryan manages to get away and tracks down Ste, Harry, Leah, and Lucas at a campsite, where he confesses all of his crimes to them. Ryan runs off when he hears sirens and Harry chases after him. Ryan and Harry struggle and Ryan accidentally falls into a river. Ryan screams for Harry to help him, but Harry walks away. Harry feels guilty over what he did to Ryan and fears he may actually still be alive. However, it is confirmed Ryan died when his body is discovered. Everyone affected by Ryan's actions has to figure out a way to pick up the pieces.