Ryan McCartan
Biographical Information
Gender: Male
Date of birth: June 14, 1993
Age: 28
Height: 6'1
Nationality: American
Occupation(s): Actor
Years active: 2007-present
Official Twitter: @ryanmccartan
Role: Diggie Smalls
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Ryan McCartan is an American actor, singer, and public speaker. He portrayed the character Diggie Smalls in the Disney Channel Original Comedy Series, Liv and Maddie.


Ryan McCartan is a recent Minnetonka High School graduate from Excelsior, Minnesota and a Triple Threat Award-winning participant in Hennepin Theatre Trust’s SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, and was named Best Actor at the June 27, 2011, National High School Musical Theater Awards held at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York City. McCartan was one of two students to receive a Jimmy Award, the top honor in the program. He performed Jason Robert Brown’s “Someone to Fall Back On” as his solo. Shauni Ruetz of Rochester, NY was named Best Actress. McCartan and Ruetz received $10,000 scholarship awards and consideration for other professional advancement opportunities. He also was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He is one of 20 high school students nationally to receive the award, and one of only two winners in the theater. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented graduating senior. The selection was based on academic, civic and artistic achievement. His sister Allison is also an actor and recently toured the US with the musical version of Shrek. He briefly attended the University of Minnesota's Guthrie BFA Program before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He has been cast by Disney Channel to play Diggie Smalls in the show Liv and Maddie.

In August 2013, McCartan began dating co-star Dove Cameron. They got engaged in April 2016, after being together for almost 3 years. However, they split up in October 2016, which Ryan confirmed via Twitter.



Name Role Year
Last Man Standing Unknown 2011
The Middle Ryan 2013
Monday Mornings Daniel 2013
Liv and Maddie Diggie Smalls 2013–16, 2017
Austin & Ally Billie 2015
R.L Stine's Monsterville Hunter 2015
Summer Forever Liam 2015
Rocky Horror Picture Show Brad Majors 2016
Emma's Chance Jacob Murphy 2016
The Standoff Farrell Bennett 2016

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  • Ryan has a lot of theatre experience, just like his Liv and Maddie co-stars DoveKali and Shelby.
  • Ryan has done a lot of spoken word and live stage performances.
  • He was in a Broadway Disney musical titled Night School Musical.
  • He is in 13 of the 21 episodes of Season 1 of Liv and Maddie.
  • He played Diggie Smalls in the hit Disney Channel show, Liv and Maddie.
  • Ryan was engaged to his co-star, Dove Cameron, until their split in October 2016.[1] (See Dove and Ryan (relationship) for more information.)
  • He has acted in a filmography with the name Ryan before.
  • His fan mail is 4545 Morse Ave, Studio City, CA 91604.
  • He started as Jason Dean (aka J.D) in the off-broadway premiere of Heathers: The Musical.
  • He's staring as Brad Majors in the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show TV movie remake.
  • For 4 years, Ryan has been asking if Diggie is his real name or a nickname.[2]
  • He has a tattoo.[3]
  • Ryan stars in a new film called The Standoff with I Didn't Do It star Olivia Holt, again probably preventing him to not work on Liv and Maddie Season 4, although he will probably be making a couple of guest appearances such as the Christmas episode.[4]
  • He also performed Flynn Rider and a dancer in the Disneyland show, Mickey and the Magical Map.
  • Ryan kissed Laverne Cox in the movie, Rocky Horror Picture Show.[5]
  • He ships Rocky and Brad from Rocky Horror Picture Show.[6]
  • Ryan lived with Dove until they split up in 2016, and he confirmed on October 25th that he had moved into a new house.[7]
  • His mother's name is Alison.[8]
  • Ryan was in the hospital on October 31, 2016, due to a series of food-poisoning, dehydration, and diabetes-related complications. [9]
  • Ryan is currently dating Samantha Fekete, they run the YouTube channel Sam&Ryan


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