Kris Holden-Ried trained as an actor with Uta Hagen’s Master Class Scene Study and Janine Manatis of The Actor’s Studio before going on to amass an impressive résumé of work on the big and small screens. Playing the cool shape-shifting Fae and detective, “Dyson” on Showcase’s drama series, Lost Girl, Holden-Ried’s most memorable lead roles include “Giles” in A Touch of Pink and “Jack” in A Stone’s Throw, and he supported in Gossip with Kate Hudson, K-19: The Widow Maker, and as Wayne Gretzky in Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story. Other roles have included Emotional Arithmetic, starring Susan Sarandon and Gabriel Byrne; Never Forget, a mystery thriller featuring Lou Diamond-Phillips, A Broken Life, a drama with Tom Sizemore; plus Public Domain; Niagara Motel; Going To Kansas City and Textuality. Holden-Ried starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in the big-screen blockbuster, Underworld 4 and can be seen in the upcoming feature films: Three Days in Havana, Sex After Kids and The Returned.
Holden-Ried also features prominently on television as Sir William Compton on the historical drama, The Tudors, and in the major co-production by BBC, CBC and ABC of Ben Hur. Holden-Ried gained attention for playing bassist “Noel Redding” in Hendrix (Showtime’s biopic on Jimi Hendrix). He also appeared on the gritty Street Time (Showtime), and the TV movies Icebound, starring Susan Sarandon, Shaftesbury’s Hemingway vs. Callaghan; A Killing Spring, The Many Trials Of One Jane Doe.
He is also an accomplished athlete. As a World Cup equestrian, fencer and swimmer, Holden-Ried earned himself a spot on the Canadian National Pentathlon Team and was a Silver Medalist at both the Pan-Am and Pan-Pacific Championships.
Holden-Ried is looking forward to reprising his role as “Dyson” for Lost Girl’s highly anticipated fifth and final season.