• Shane Deary is a Massachusetts native and furniture maker who was previously married to actress Keri Russell.
• He was born to a contracting carpenter father and had an older brother
• He started his own company called “Deary Construction” and has a website for his services
• He spends his free time surfing, swimming, hiking, cycling, and reading
• He has an estimated net worth of $1 million

Shane Deary is best-known for being Keri Russell’s ex-husband – the popular actress who starred in such series as “Felicity” and “Scrubs” divorced the father of two of her kids in 2013. Let’s find out more about what happened to him after the divorce, how he lives now and how much time he spends with his kids.

Early life and family

Shane Deary was born in Massachusetts USA, while the precise date of his birth is still unknown. Neither Shane nor his now ex-wife Keri Russell ever shared any specific information about his early years, except that he spent his childhood with his older brother  living in Massachusetts. He lived with his father ; nothing is known about his mother.

Shane Deary and Keri Russell

Educational background

Shane matriculated from his local high school in Massachusetts, but didn’t reveal the name of the school. He didn’t share any information about any college or university he (might have) attended or graduated from.


It is known that Shane’s father has always been a contracting carpenter. From his childhood Shane helped his father in his workshop, along with his older brother. Developing his carpentry skills, Shane became an experienced furniture maker himself.

His started his own company called “Deary Construction”, which is now specializing in custom constructions and especially wooden furniture. Working along with his brother, Shane achieved great success and made his company quite prosperous. He also improved his family house on Martha’s Vineyard, creating a special garden for the kids to play in.  It is worth mentioning that while married to Keri, they designed custom constructions for kitchens and bedrooms, which are still shared as best practice by such magazines as “Elle Decor” and “LifeStyle”. Shane has a website for his company which provides information about his services and also demonstrates his portfolio. His company is located in Brooklyn, New York City, though Shane himself spends most of his time residing in his hometown in Massachusetts.


Personal life, ex-wife Keri Russell

Shane met Keri Russell in 2006. They’d been friends for a short period of time and then became a couple, and by the end of 2006 they’d become engaged, and then married on 14 February 2007. The wedding ceremony took place in downtown Manhattan, while the dinner for all invited guests was held at Harrison Restaurant located in Tribeca. By the end of 2007 Keri and Shane became parents for the first time, welcoming their son River. In 2011 Keri and Shane welcomed a daughter they named Willa Lou. Both Keri and Shane tried hard to balance work and family, and spent as much time together as they could, but eventually it didn’t work, and the couple filed for divorce in 2013.

For the sake of their children, Shane and Keri made the process of divorcing as ‘hail-fellow-well-met’ as they could, so there were no controversies or accusations from either of them – as of 2024, they share custody on their kids. As for Shane, he hasn’t shown up with any new partner since he divorced from Keri, but as he left the limelight, it became easier for him to keep his private life low-key, as no reporters are hunting for him to take a picture of his new girlfriend. As to Keri, she became a mother for the third time in 2016, as she is now in relationship with her colleague Matthew Rhys. They met on the set of the series “The Americans” in 2014, and have been a couple ever since. Their son Sam, the first one for Matthew, now lives with his family and two step-siblings in their apartment in Brooklyn, New York.

Who is Keri Russell?

Keri Lynn Russell was born on 23 March 1976 into the family of a housewife and a Nissan Motors Inc. executive. She has two siblings: an older brother Todd and a younger sister Julie. From an early age Keri enjoyed singing and dancing, and her talent helped her to get into the Mickey Mouse club in 1991. She starred in several seasons of various Disney shows, along with such future stars as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

However, Keri became a professional actress, not a singer. She began by appearing in such series and movies as “Married with Children” (1987-1997), “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” (1992), “Boy Meets World” (1993-2000) and “Clerks” (1995). She came to greater prominence after playing the role of Felicity Porter in the series called “Felicity” (1998-2002), the story of a girl who decided to enter the same college as her high school crush to be near him for as long as she could – Keri apparently earned $30,000 per episode in the series.

Later she starred in such movies as “Dead Man’s Curve” (1998), “Mad About Mambo” (2000), “We Were Soldiers” (2002) and “Mission: Impossible III” (2006), in which she played the role of Lindsey Farris along with such stars as Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who Keri earlier worked with while starring in the movie called “August Rush”. Keri also appeared in the super-popular series “Scrubs” (2001-2010), playing the girl named Melody.

Keri has numerous awards for her strong performances. She won “Golden Globe Awards” in 1999 for her work in the “Felicity” series, winning in the category “Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama”. The same year she also won in the category “TV – Breakout Performance” at Teen Choice Awards also for her performance in “Felicity”. Later she won at Satellite Awards in 2015 in the category “Best Actress – Television Series Drama” and at “Television Critics Association Awards” in 2018, winning in the category “Individual Achievement in Drama” for her performance in the series “The Americans”.

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

When Shane is free from his duties at work, he likes spending his time surfing and swimming. He is an experienced surfer and even participated in several competitions, winning some prizes and making it to the top contestants short-list. He also likes hiking, cycling and reading books. As to his ex-wife Keri, she is still a big fan of dancing; she also likes mountain biking, gardening and hiking. She shared that whenever she felt anxious, listening to music helped her better than anything else.

Social media presence

It could sound weird, but it’s not only Shane who doesn’t have any social media platforms – Keri doesn’t have an Instagram or Twitter account either. They are still keeping their private lives low-key, not sharing any personal information with the world.

Keri’s fans have created pages on Instagram and Twitter on which they post her photos they find by the hashtag #kerirussell, but she is still not interested in creating official profiles herself.

Appearance, clothing style

Shane has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. His height, weight and vital statistics are not available at the moment. As to his clothing style, he prefers casual looks and often wears jeans, leather jackets, hoodies and other comfortable clothes.

Keri Russell and Shane Deary

Net worth and salary

According to authoritative sources, Shane’s current net worth is estimated to be around $1 million, accumulated by working hard in his own company producing customized wooden constructions and furniture. As to his ex-wife, Keri Russell, her net worth is estimated to be around $12 million – it’s worth mentioning that she earns $175,000 per episode in the series “The Americans” as of 2019 –  having started in 2004 with a rather lesser but still impressive amount of $100,000 per episode.

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