Zed in “The Outpost”
Reece Ritchie stars as Zed in The CW’s fantasy adventure series “The Outpost.” Zed is a Blackblood warrior who has been trapped in the Plane of Ashes for his entire life, dreaming of the day he will end the suffering of his people and rejoice with them in a better world. With the defeat of Yavalla and the loss of the queen, Zed feels more than ever both the opportunity and the burden of rescuing his people. When an old Blackblood comrade comes back into his life, Zed faces a brutal tragedy and must learn to find a new hope.
Since he was plucked from drama school, Ritchie has continuously demonstrated his varied talent both on stage and screen.
Ritchie made his film debut in the role of Moha in Roland Emmerich's fantasy/drama “10,000 BC,” a film that follows a young mammoth hunter’s journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.
He also starred in the thrilling action/adventure film “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” alongside Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell, in which he plays the role of Iolaus. Directed by Brett Ratner, this well-known story is set in a mythological world 1400 years ago and begins after the legend of Hercules and his twelve labours. The story follows Hercules and his five faithful companions, as they set out to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord.
Additionally, Ritchie starred in the biographical film “Desert Dancer.” This inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban, sees Ritchie star in the lead role as Afshin Ghaffarian himself, opposite Freida Pinto and directed by Richard Raymond.
In 2010, Reece appeared in “The Lovely Bones,” directed by multi-award-winning director Peter Jackson. In this fantasy/thriller based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, Reece played the role of Ray Singh. The story tells of a young girl (played by Saoirse Ronan) who watches over her family and killer from heaven. The film also starred Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Mark Wahlberg and was received with critical acclaim.
Following “The Lovely Bones,” Ritchie starred in the Disney feature “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” directed by Mike Newell. The film followed an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. He starred alongside a stellar cast including Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sir Ben Kingsley.
In 2012, Ritchie starred in the lead male role in Nigel Cole’s “All in Good Time,” a comedy drama set in Bolton about a newly married couple that struggles to consummate their marriage. Other film credits include the drama “Triage” directed by Danis Tanovic in which he appeared opposite Colin Ferrell and Kelly Reilly, and most recently “The Lies We Tell” alongside Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel.
Television work includes “Endeavour VII” (ITV); “Flack,” starring Anna Paquin for UKTV; “Les Misérables,” for the BBC; “Rellick” (BBC/HBO); “Year Million” (National Geographic); “AD: Beyond the Bible,” a 12-part serialized drama; “Silent Witness” for the BBC; ITV’s “The Bill”; Channel 4’s drama “Sadam’s Tribe,” directed by Chris Menaul; “White Heat,” an epic drama for the BBC, written by the award-winning Paula Milne, Reece starred alongside Claire Foy, Sam Claflin and MyAnna Burning; “Pete Versus Life” alongside Rafe Spall; and the BBC’s drama/documentary “Atlantis.” Additionally, Ritchie started in “Hieroglyph,” a pilot for 20th Century Fox and “Pearly Gates,” a BBC1 Pilot.
In the theatre, Ritchie was featured in a run of Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Sir Peter Hall at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. Ritchie played the mischievous role of Puck opposite an impressive cast including Dame Judy Dench, Ben Mansfield and Oliver Chris. Ritchie has also performed for the National Youth Theatre in “Cell Sell,” “The Master and Margarita,” “Dorothy Com” and “Murder in the Cathedral.” Other theatre credits for E15 include “Saved,” “Sarah” and “All My Sons.”