Ryan Andrews is from Donaghmede in north Dublin. He left school after third year to pursue acting. Ryan has played Sean Cassidy on RTÉ soap Fair City since 2009, and, last month, he recently lost out to Lottie Ryan in the final of Dancing with the Stars. Ryan lives in north Dublin with his girlfriend, Michaela.
When were you happiest?
My earliest memory would be travelling to Wexford with my family for our summer holiday listening to Bagatelle on repeat as our CD player in the car was broken.
What was the first book you loved?
I loved all of Roddy Doyle's books as a kid. The Giggler Treatment is still probably my favourite book to date.
What's your best holiday memory?
Probably travelling around Japan with my girlfriend, Michaela. It was a place we had always talked about visiting and it was surreal to finally get to experience it.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear would be atychiphobia - fear of failure.
What are you most proud of?
The stage school I started in 2016 with Michaela. I love going to the classes every week and seeing my students. I teach drama and Michaela does the dancing. The kids are incredible and always put a smile on my face.
What's your least attractive quality - and what is your most?
My best quality would be my kindness and time I give towards others. My least attractive quality would be the lack of time and understanding I allow myself sometimes.
What's the first thing you'd do if you were Taoiseach?
Give all nurses and healthcare workers a raise. They do trojan work and always seem to have to fight for what they should already be getting. They are amazing people.
What's your biggest insecurity?
My biggest insecurity would be my back and posture. After recently opening up about having scoliosis, I am not as self-conscious as I was before Dancing with the Stars.
Who'd you most like to go for a pint with?
My dad. I feel like I haven't spoken to him since November with everything that has been going on, so a pint of Guinness is well overdue.
What fictional character do you most identify with?
Peter Pan. I never want to grow up!
What is your most treasured possession?
It would be my car. I spend so much time in my car driving from job to job. I use it as an office and sometimes it has nearly turned into a B&B.
What's your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure used to be watching Strictly Come Dancing videos and behind the scenes; now it's watching this series of Dancing with the Stars.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
What item in your wardrobe do you wear the most?
Definitely black skinny jeans.
Who are your heroes?
My mam and dad. I look up to them every day. They have sacrificed so much to allow me to do what I love and I wish I could be half the people they are.
When did you last cry and why?
I cried when we were filming some footage for Dancing with the Stars. The producers were asking me about the journey and I couldn't help but tear up thinking back on the experience! I hadn't cried in months. It was an emotional rollercoaster.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Fly Me To The Moon sung by Frank Sinatra.
What are you going to do right after this interview?
Probably clean my car - there's not much else to be at while we are all trying to self-isolate!
What keeps you awake at night?
For the past three months it's been salsas, quicksteps, jives and tangos.
What's your greatest passion in life?
The performing arts industry and being creative.
If you had to choose three adjectives to describe yourself, which would they be?
Friendly, hardworking and enthusiastic.
What's your favourite film?
Batman: The Dark Knight. I've watched it over 100 times. I know every word and Heath Ledgers' performance is the best ever.
What's the last TV show you binge-watched?
Probably Dancing with the Stars! Since the show ended, I've watched back all my routines with Giulia before she had to fly home.
What's the phone app you use most?
During Dancing with the Stars it was Instagram, but during this quarantine I think it's TikTok!
What one piece of advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Keep doing what you're doing, take every opportunity and never even dream at any stage about giving up!
What do you regret not doing in the last year?
Not pushing myself outside of my comfort zone more and not taking any chances.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
If I could eat takeaways every day and it actually helped me stay in shape and gave me powers!
What does your dream weekend look like?
My favourite thing to do in my spare time is get a coffee and walk the coastline in Clontarf with my dog, Ralph. I could stay out there for hours.
What job would you be terrible at?
Something that involved being quiet, or not being able to chat to a lot of people. Maybe a librarian. I'm not that into reading, besides scripts. I wouldn't be much help to anyone if they asked for book recommendations.
Do you believe in a God?
I certainly have faith. I lose something literally every day and I pray to St Anthony. He always helps me find them. That's why I'm called Ryan Thomas Anthony Andrews.