Dylan Jeremy Neal
October 8, 1969
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
|Becky Southwell (m. 1996)|
Dylan Jeremy Neal (born October 8, 1969) 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. 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. As of 2018, Dylan continues to write, produce and star in a variety of movies for Hallmark.
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.
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.
Before becoming an actor, Neal was a caterer and delivered lunch baskets to private businesses in industrial areas around Toronto. He also delivered pizzas for a living before making it as an actor. He has been passionate about furniture making.
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.
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.
In 2000, Neal starred opposite actor Chuck Norris in the television film The President's Man. It premiered on April 2 on CBS. 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.
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. Neal later commented that fans often compliment the three actors for their charming on-screen chemistry and camaraderie.
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).
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.
|1992||I'll Never Get to Heaven||Carl|
|2001||XCU: Extreme Close Up||Lew Constant|
|2002||40 Days and 40 Nights||David|
|Landspeed||Young Brian Sanger|
|2005||Locusts||Dan Dryer||Main role|
|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|
|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|
|Prom Night III: The Last Kiss||Andrew Douglas||video|
|Maniac Mansion||Bo Riddley|
|1991||Top Cops||Robert Schaller/Ricky Grim/Corky|
|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|
|Life with Roger||Collin, the Exterminator|
|Pacific Palisades||Cory Robbins||7 episodes|
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show||Roger Persimmons|
|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|
|Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers||David Martell||TV movie|
|She Spies||Dr. Ellison|
|2003||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Aaron Jacobs||10 episodes|
|I'm with Her||John|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Flashpoint||Cpt. Simon Griggs|
|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|
|2013-2014||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|