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Meghan Ory
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General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: August 20, 1982
Age: 39
Birthplace: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality: Scottish
Social Networks: Instagram
Other Information
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5'7"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Royal Oak Middle School
Claremont Secondary School
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Unnamed younger brother
Friends: Jewel Staite (Higher Ground co-star)
A.J. Cook (Higher Ground co-star)
Relationships: John Reardon (husband)
Series Information
Character: Ruby Lucas / Red Riding Hood
First appearance: Pilot
Last appearance: Ruby Slippers

Meghan Ory is a Canadian television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Red Riding Hood/Ruby on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time and also starred in the short-lived CBS drama Intelligence as Riley Neal. Ory currently stars in the Hallmark family drama Chesapeake Shores as Abby O'Brien.

View the Meghan Ory Gallery.

Career

Her first professional acting role came in 1999 in the Fox Family Channel television movie, The Darklings, opposite Suzanne Somers and Timothy Busfield. A guest appearance on the television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven followed, before she landed her first regular TV role on the Fox Family series Higher Ground in 2000, along with Hayden Christensen and A.J. Cook. After appearing on the MTV series 2ge+her (2000), Ory joined the cast of the Canadian television series Vampire High in 2001.

She continued working in television with guest appearances on The Outer Limits, Dark Angel]], Glory Days, and Maybe It’s Me. She appeared in the TV movies Lucky 7 and National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion in 2003, as well as the TV series Smallville, Life As We Know It, and The Collector, and Family Reunion in 2004. Also in 2004, Ory made her feature film debut in Decoys, directed by Matthew Hastings, whom she had previously worked with on Higher Ground and Vampire High.

In 2006, Ory appeared in UPN series South Beach, and the Hallmark mini-series Merlin's Apprentice, alongside Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson. She also appeared in the feature film John Tucker Must Die and the made-for-TV film Her Sister's Keeper. In 2007, Ory appeared in Blonde and Blonder with Pamela Anderson and Denise Richards, and the television film Nightmare. In 2008, Ory appeared in the television series Flash Gordon episode "Thicker Than Water". In 2009, Ory appeared in the television series Knight Rider (2008) episode 17 (Season 1) "I love the Knight Life" as Megan Connelly. She portrayed Claire Thompson in the horror-thriller film Dark House. She also appeared as a guest star of Canadian TV Series Sanctuary as Laura. In 2010, Ory appeared in the Keystone Light beer commercial "Rescue of Beer".

Beginning fall 2011, Ory starred as Red Riding Hood/Ruby on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time. She was in most of the episodes of the first season and was promoted to the main cast in the second season of the series. She left the cast at the end of the second season, to focus on her new show Intelligence, but made guest appearances in four episodes during the third season. Ory also returned to the show during its fifth season for three episodes.

In March 2013, Ory was cast as the female lead opposite Josh Holloway in the CBS drama pilot Intelligence, which co-stars Marg Helgenberger. The show was cancelled after one season due to poor ratings.

In the 2016 Hallmark original series Chesapeake Shores, she stars as a divorced career woman with two young daughters who returns to her hometown.

Personal life

In 2008, she married John Reardon, with whom she worked on Merlin's Apprentice. In May 2018, Ory announced that they had welcomed their first child, a son. In July 2019, Ory announced that she was expecting their second child, a daughter, as stated in an interview. In October 2019, Ory announced that they had welcomed their second child.

Filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Decoys Alex
2006 John Tucker Must Die Jill
2008 Blonde and Blonder Kit
2009 Dark House Claire
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Crystal O'Rourke Direct-to-video film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Darklings Jessie Everett Television film (Fox Family)
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Alice Romano Episode: "The Road Not Taken"
Popular Jessie Everett Television Series, Main Role
2000 Higher Ground Juliette Waybourne Main role
2gether: The Series Heather Episode: "Crying"
Hayley Wagner, Star Caitlin Curren Television film
2001 The Outer Limits (1995 TV series) Danielle Hobson Episode: "Abduction"
2001–2002 Maybe It's Me Lauren 3 episodes
2001–2002 Vampire High Sherry Woods Main role
2002 Maybe It's Me Lauren Episode: "The Lab Partner Episode"
Dark Angel Rachel Berrisford Episode: "The Berrisford Agenda"
Glory Days Jade LaFayette / Ann Palmer Episode: "The Lost Girls"
Just Cause Tracey Episode: "The Last to Know"
2003 Lucky 7 Janey Television film (ABC Family)
National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion Allison Snider Television film (TBS)
2004 Smallville Megan Calder Episode: "Hereafter"
Life as We Know It Greta Episode: "Family Hard-ships"
2004 The Collector (TV series) Katie Episode: "The Ice Skater"
2005 The Collector (TV series) Shannon Conrad / Cora Episode: "The Cowboy"
2006 South Beach Maggie Main role
Merlin's Apprentice Brianna Television miniseries
Her Sister's Keeper Melissa Brennan Television film (Lifetime)
2007 Viva Laughlin N/A Episode: "1.5"
Nightmare Carla Television film
Painkiller Jane Wanda Episode: "Portraits of Lauren Gray"
The Haunting of Sorority Row Amanda Television film (Lifetime Movies)
2008 Flash Gordon Sarre Episode: "Thicker Than Water"
2009 Knight Rider Dr. Megan Connelly Episode: "I Love the Knight Life"
Sanctuary Laura S. Episode: "Sleepers"
2010 Psych Josie Episode: "Viagra Falls"
2010–2011 True Justice Juliet Sanders Main role (season 1)
2012 Supernatural Sally Episode: "Adventures In Babysitting"
2011–2016 Once Upon a Time Ruby / Red Riding Hood Recurring role (Season 1, Season 3, Season 5); main role (Season 2)
2014 Intelligence Riley Neal Main role
The Memory Book Chloe Television film (Hallmark)
2015 Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow Ashley Jane Harrison Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2016–present Chesapeake Shores Abby O'Brien-Winters Main role
2016 NCIS: New Orleans Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Lee Episode: "Overdrive"

Trivia

  • Recipient of the Fine Arts Award for Acting from the Royal Oak School in 1996.
  • Remains good friends with Higher Ground (2000) co-stars Jewel Staite and A.J. Cook.
  • In May 2018, Ory announced that she had welcomed her first child with husband John Reardon.
  • Her first role was in the TV movie The Darklings with Suzanne Somers.
  • She appeared in a commercial for Keystone Light in 2010.
  • She played Jill in John Tucker Must Die, starring Jesse Metcalfe.
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