Portrayed by: James Sutton
Introduced by: Gavin Blyth
Duration: 2009 – 2011
First Appearance: 15th June 2009
Last Appearance: 26th April 2011
D.O.B: 7th April 1982 (aged 29)
Home: Dale View
Ryan is the son of Faye Lamb and Mark Wylde (Daniel Lamb). Ryan never knew his father, believing that his father died before he was born. Mark, better known to Faye as Daniel, left her deep in debt, unaware she was pregnant. When they meet, he is unaware of their connection.
Faye and Ryan move to Emmerdale – Faye wants her husband back – and Ryan came with her. In July 2009 Ryan was seriously injured in the Home Farm Shop crash, which saw Rodney Blackstock’s van plow into the building with Ryan, Doug and Leyla all inside. An unlikely hero arrived in the form of Mark, who rescued his son from the wreckage after Ryan became trapped underneath a roof beam. The following day, Ryan got a job working for Debbie Dingle, while settling into village life and making friends with his brothers, Nathan and Will, and sister, Maisie.
In October, Ryan began dating Katie Sugden. One night, Faye invited Katie to dinner and grilled her about unsavoury gossip she’d heard. Furious, Katie explained and then left. Ryan followed, shocked by her history but pleased that she’d been so honest. Katie admitted not telling him, worried that he dump her but he insisted he wouldn’t do that. Ryan told Faye off and insisted she apologise, which she did. Katie forgave her and asked her to come to her rather than listen to gossip. Mark also reassured Faye that Katie was a great girl.
Maisie Wylde was intrigued by Ryan until she discovered Faye and Mark’s relationship. She forgave her father but condemned Faye, making nasty comments at every opportunity. Consequently she struggled to get on with Ryan but made an effort for Katie’s sake, as Katie was her best friends. Eventually they bonded over shopping for Christmas presents but got a little too close. Refusing to cheat on Katie, Ryan ended things with her in January 2010 and started dating Maisie. The day they decided to sleep together, they heard their parents arguing downstairs and on investigating, discovered that they are half-siblings. Neither reacted well – Ryan was furious with Mark for abandoning Faye and that this had been kept from him. Ryan moved in with Katie and even started dating her again until Nathan Wylde told her about Ryan and Maisie’s relationship.
Ryan moved back in with his mother, their relationship restored. Ryan has a good relationship with his younger half-brother, Will, and Maisie. However, his relationship with Nathan became difficult since the revelations about their family. After Mark’s body was discovered by Sam Dingle the police arrested Nathan but he was released without charge. In revenge for Faye and Ryan destroying his family’s life, Nathan framed Ryan for Mark’s murder. Ryan was arrested and charged with Mark’s murder. He was remanded in custody and seemed to accept that he will be found guilty until Faye told him that Maisie had found footage of him on her phone, wearing the chain after Mark died. Unfortunately she told her mother and Nathan and Nathan stole her phone, intending to delete the footage.
As Mark’s eldest and legitimate son, Ryan is the rightful heir to Mark’s fortune, including his money and property, Nathan is jealous of this and therefore his relationship with Ryan will always be strained.
In September 2010, Ryan is released for a day under prison guards to attend Mark’s funeral. Listening to Will’s speech, Ryan is seen with tears in his eyes at Will’s references to his father and Ryan being his brother. At the graveside, he asks Maisie to talk, which doesn’t go down well with Nathan. After a confrontation, Ryan is led away. Back at the prison, Maisie arrives and the pair discuss the stolen evidence and Ryan convinces his sister that Nathan is the only person capable of framing him for murder.
The following week, Maisie arrives to tell Ryan that she now has a photo that could prove his innocence but it’s not enough to get him released. Maisie then tell Ryan that she is leaving the village, and despite begging her to stay, she leaves.
Ryan was found guilty of murder and both Faye and Maisie were upset and angry as they both believe that Nathan killed Mark. After a confession from Natasha that she killed Mark and not Nathan, she was imprisoned and Ryan was free.
He tricked Nathan into confessing that he framed Ryan by recording him. He shows the recording to Maisie and she and Will left him. He tricked Nathan again by telling him to hand his money to a trust fund for Will. When he goes over to tell Maisie, Ryan pins him towards his car and tells him that if he came near Maisie again, he will go straight to the police.
With Nathan gone, Ryan gradually begins to rebuild his life and returns to his job. In January, Will reveals that Nathan has been trying to contact him and breaks his mobile phone. Ryan gets Will a new phone with a new number so Nathan cannot contact him again.
Will is later unhappy when Maisie’s boyfriend Nikhil Sharma proposes to her. He tells Maisie that he wants them to live with Ryan but when Maisie suggests this to him, Ryan tells her that they can never live together due to them nearly committing incest. After breaking off her engagement to Nikhil, Maisie tells Ryan that she intends to move to Dartford with Will to live with their Aunt. Ryan supports her decision and bids them farewell as they leave the village.
In March, Faye decides to leave the village and move to San Francisco after losing her job. She offers Ryan the chance to come with her but he refuses, telling her that his future is in the village. Ryan helps Faye pack up her house and she leaves him her car. As she is preparing to leave she tearfully bids Ryan farewell, telling him that she will miss him and he waves her off, along with Katie and Cain.
Whilst Ryan is on a night out with Cain, he tricks Ryan into talking to a young woman whilst he steals her car. Ryan is angry and tells Cain that he does not want to go back to prison and orders him to not use him in any of his criminal scams.
But Cain does not listen and the following month, he tricks Ryan into acting as a lookout whilst he burgles Holdgate Farm and steals Jai Sharma’s car. Ryan is furious and again warns Cain that he does not want to go back to prison for anybody. He also tells Cain that if the police come calling, he will not protect him. The police later visit Ryan to speak to him after arresting Cain. They decided that Cain acted alone during the burglary and that Ryan was not involved.
After assessing his life in the village, Ryan decides to leave for a fresh start. He resigns from his job at the garage and Debbie begs him to stay but he refuses, telling her that he has no family in the village or a girlfriend. After realising that she cannot change his mind, Debbie offers to send his wages on to him through the post.
On 26 April 2011, Ryan gets ready to leave. He asks Marlon Dingle and Diane Sugden for some boxes to put his belongings in. He later goes to the garage to say goodbye to Cain and they have one last drink together. Ryan tells Cain that he wants to put his past behind him and have a fresh start. Cain wishes him the best of luck. As Ryan is packing up his car, Andy, Katie and Gennie Walker come to bid farewell to him. Katie begs Ryan to change his mind, telling him that he has many friends in the village but he refuses again. He tells them that he intends to stay at a friend’s house and promises Katie that he will keep in touch with them. Cain watches from a distance and Ryan gives him a nod of farewell. Andy, Katie and Gennie wave him off as he gets into his car and drives out of the village.
On March 23, 2009, it was announced that former Hollyoaks actor James Sutton would be joining the cast of Emmerdale as the son of already established character Faye Lamb. Speaking in an interview with Digital Spy, Sutton commented on Ryan: “He’s a laddish lad and an out-of-work mechanic. He’s grown up with his mum and is very protective of her. I wouldn’t say he’s a ladies’ man, but he has an eye for the pretty ladies in the village. He’s a nice guy, but when the storyline progresses and we discover things about Ryan’s family, the audience might possibly see another side to him – maybe a darker side…”