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Dylan Neal
Dylan Neal
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Dylan Jeremy Neal

(1969-10-08) October 8, 1969 (age 51)
Years active1987-present
Becky Southwell (m. 1996)

Dylan Jeremy Neal (born October 8, 1969[1]) is a Canadian/American actor. He holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. He is known for his portrayal of the character Dylan Shaw on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, Doug Witter on Dawson's Creek, and Detective Mike Celluci in the supernatural series Blood Ties. He also played Aaron Jacobs on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

In 2013, Neal landed the lead role opposite Andie MacDowell in the Hallmark Channel's first scripted TV series, Cedar Cove.[2][3][4] The series premiered on July 20, 2013, and is based on the series of books by the same name, written by Debbie Macomber. In 2014, he sold a TV movie franchise to the newly rebranded Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel and began writing, executive producing and starring as Henry Ross in Hallmark's original mystery series Gourmet Detective.[5][6] As of 2018, Dylan continues to write, produce and star in a variety of movies for Hallmark.

Personal life

Dylan Neal was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, in 1969. Four months after his birth, his family moved to Oakville, Ontario. He attended Appleby College in Oakville and initially wanted to become a professional squash player.[7]

Neal transferred to T. A. Blakelock High School in Oakville for his last two years of schooling. It was there that he gained an interest in the Performing Arts and participated in his school's Drama Program. On the advice of his Drama teacher, Neal decided he wanted to make a career of acting.[7]

Before becoming an actor, Neal was a caterer and delivered lunch baskets to private businesses in industrial areas around Toronto.[8] He also delivered pizzas for a living before making it as an actor.[1][8] He has been passionate about furniture making.[9]

Neal is married to TV writer and producer Becky Southwell who has co-written some of the Gourmet Detective films with him. They were married on 21 September 1996 and have two children together.[10][11]


Neal has said that, after finishing his work on The Bold and the Beautiful, he was initially concerned about his ability to find another acting job. "There are certain expectations--or a certain lack of expectations--of soap opera actors," he said.[8]

In 2000, Neal starred opposite actor Chuck Norris in the television film The President's Man. It premiered on April 2 on CBS.[12] It's an action film co-starring Ralph Waite, Marla Adams, Stuart Whitman, and Soon-Tek Oh. Neal plays Deke Slater, a former Army sergeant who is very talented but has a troubled record, who is chosen by Joshua McCord (Norris) to replace him as the president's bodyguard.[13][14][15]

In 2007, Neal played Detective Mike Celluci in Lifetime's Canadian vampire fantasy show Blood Ties, in which he starred alongside Christina Cox and Kyle Schmid. The producers of the show ultimately chose Neal, Cox, and Schmid as the three leads of the show over other auditioning actors after observing the natural chemistry among the trio.[16] Neal later commented that fans often compliment the three actors for their charming on-screen chemistry and camaraderie.[16]

Neal played the male lead opposite Andie MacDowell in the television series Cedar Cove for the Hallmark Channel. Neal plays Jack Griffith, a Philadelphia reporter. He played Bob Adams, stepfather to the main character Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), in the film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).[17]

Neal and his wife, Becky Southwell, write and produce their own projects through Southwell Neal Entertainment. They write and executive produce the Gourmet Detective original films for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, based on the novels by Peter King. As of February 2020, Neal has made five television movies based on the character.[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 I'll Never Get to Heaven Carl
1997 Taylor's Return Robert
2001 XCU: Extreme Close Up Lew Constant
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights David
Landspeed Young Brian Sanger
2005 Locusts Dan Dryer Main role
Mute James Short film
Extreme Dating Sean
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Hermes
The Traveler Detective Alexander Black
My Family's Secret Jason Darcie
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Bob Adams
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition
2018 Fifty Shades Freed
BOULEVARD Hayden Glass short film


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Learning the Ropes Student Hunk
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future Jon Power 2 episodes
Summer Storm TV miniseries
1989 War of the Worlds Scavenger 1
My Secret Identity Sean Casey
1990 E.N.G. Kevin Wilkes
Prom Night III: The Last Kiss Andrew Douglas video
Maniac Mansion Bo Riddley
1991 Top Cops Robert Schaller/Ricky Grim/Corky
1992 Catwalk
1993 Sweating Bullets River Rhodes
Class of '96 Phillip
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Jim Reardon
1996 Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story John Wallace TV movie
1994-1996 The Bold and the Beautiful Dylan Shaw 119 episodes
1997 Moloney
Life with Roger Collin, the Exterminator
Pacific Palisades Cory Robbins 7 episodes
1998 Profiler Philip Nichols
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Roger Persimmons
Working Royce
You Wish Ken
1998-1999 Hyperion Bay Nick Sweeny 17 episodes
1998-2003 Dawson's Creek Doug Witter 20 episodes
1999 JAG Lt. Dalton "Boomer" Jonas 3 episodes
It's Like, You Know... Kevin
2000 The President's Man Sgt. Deke Slater TV movie
2001 Thieves Drew
2002 Flatland David White
Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers David Martell TV movie
Relic Hunter Zack
She Spies Dr. Ellison
2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Aaron Jacobs 10 episodes
I'm with Her John
2004 LAX Harley's Date
Kevin Hill Trevor Mallard
2005 Chupacabra Terror Lance Thompson video
CSI: Miami Patrick Hale
Vampire Bats Dan Dryer TV movie
2006 The War at Home Dr. Jonathan Vogel
Cradle of Lies Jack Collins TV movie
The Jake Effect Robert 2 episodes
2007 No Brother of Mine Stuart St. Clair TV movie
Matters of Life and Dating Guy DeMayo
2007-2008 Blood Ties Detective Mike Celluci Main role, 22 episodes
2008 Psych Jann
Stargate Atlantis Dave Sheppard
2009 The L Word Caleb Cooper 2 episodes
Wild Roses Dillon Parker 8 episodes
Storm Seekers Ryan Stewart TV movie
2009 & 2017 Murdoch Mysteries Sergeant Jasper Linney 2 episodes
2009-2010 Smallville Ray Sacks
2010 Human Target Wes Gibson
Life Unexpected Bruce Jackson
2011 He Loves Me Nick TV movie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mr. Culver
Another Man's Wife Brian Warner TV movie
Ice Road Terror Neil Conroy
Rizzoli & Isles Dr. Hanson/Russell Dempsey
A Trusted Man Tom TV movie
Haven Hugh Underwood
Flashpoint Cpt. Simon Griggs
2012 90210 William Paddington
Bones Lt. Col. Ben Fordham Season 8 Episode 6
2012 Ringer Washburn Milter Season 1 episode 21
2013-2015 Cedar Cove Jack Griffith Hallmark Channel
2013 Bones Ben Fordham
2013-2014 Arrow Professor Ivo 7 episodes
2014 A Wife's Nightmare Gabe Lifetime TV movie
2015- Gourmet Detective film series Henry Ross Hallmark movie
2016 Looks Like Christmas Terry Evans
2018 Truly, Madly, Sweetly Eric


  1. ^ a b "Catching up with....Dylan Neal". Soap Opera Digest. July 22, 2013. p. 73.
  2. ^ "Dylan Neal Joins Cast of Hallmark Channel's Original Movie CEDAR COVE". Broadway World. 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Home & Family - Actor Dylan Neal talks about his on-screen Romance with Andie MacDowell". Hallmark Channel's Youtube Channel. 4 August 2014.
  4. ^ "The People of Cedar Cove - Dylan Neal as Jack". Hallmark Channel's Youtube Channel. 1 July 2015.
  5. ^ "'B&B' Alum Dylan Neal Writes And Stars In Hallmark's 'Gourmet Detective'". Soap Opera Network. 13 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Dylan Neal stars in 'Gourmet Detective' on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries". Herald Extra. 16 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Dylan Neal Biography". Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "Dylan Neal at RingCon". Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "'Cedar Cove' Star Dylan Neal Is Passionate About Furniture Making". Woodworking Network. 15 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Big Picture: Dylan Neal in high gear". Times Colonist. 24 March 2016.
  11. ^ "50 Shades of Grey star Dylan Neal opens up about his married life, wife Becky Southwell, and family". frostnow.com. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Sunday Night". Herald and Review: 47. April 1, 2000 – via Newspapers.
  13. ^ "Sunday Highlights". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 73: 213. April 2, 2000 – via Newspapers.
  14. ^ "Best bets". The Montgomery Advertiser: 33. March 26, 2003 – via Newspapers.
  15. ^ Preece, Michael; Norris, Eric; Donner, Richard; Meyer, Gerald (2013). 5 Film Chuck Norris Collection (DVD). Echo Bridge Acquisition Corp LLC. Event occurs at The President's Man. 09600922143.
  16. ^ a b "Dylan Neal and Kyle Schmid at Fan Convention". Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ "On the Cover: Dylan Neal talks about starring in Fifty Shades of Grey and his Richmond Hill roots". Post City Toronto. 29 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Gourmet Detective Movies". Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "DYLAN NEAL". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved 2018.

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