Charismatic actor Ryan Eggold first explored his love of acting while attending theater camp as a youngster. Though many other kids participated in the program purely for fun, for Eggold, the experience was formative. He would follow his interest in performance all the way to the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a degree from the theater arts program in 2006. At first honing his craft on stage, Eggold wowed audiences with a starring role in a production of Sidney Kingsley's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Dead End" at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. Before long, the young actor found himself landing his first on-screen role, a small part on an episode of the series "Related" (WB, 2005-06). Eggold was so nervous the night before he began shooting that he broke out into hives. Soon however, regular on-screen appearances became de rigueur for Eggold. He appeared on shows like "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011) and "Dirt" (ABC, 2007-08) and even directed his own short film, "Literally, Right Before Aaron" (2011). During this time, Eggold was also singing, playing piano and guitar for the band Eleanor Avenue. In 2013, Eggold joined the cast of the acclaimed series "The Blacklist" (NBC, 2013-), starring alongside James Spader.