Adam Thomas

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Adam Thomas
Born (1987-08-11) 11 August 1987 (age 26)
York, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002-Present
Television Waterloo Road (2006–09)
Emmerdale (2009–Present)

Adam Gordon Thomas (born 11 August 1987 in Manchester, England)[1] is a British actor who stars in the British ITV soap opera Emmerdale as Adam Barton. He is also well known for his former role in BBC drama Waterloo Road as Donte Charles from 2006 to 2009. He is standing for election in York Outer as a Conservative Party member.


It was in 2002, at the age of 15, that Thomas started his television career with a guest appearance on the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors. It was another four years before Adam rose to fame in his breakthrough role as Donte Charles in the BBC drama series Waterloo Road of which he was an original cast member upon its inception in 2006.

The role of Donte led Thomas to enjoy guest appearances in popular hospital drama Casualty in 2008 in which he played a boxer, as well as a second appearance in Doctors in 2007. He also appeared as himself on ITV gameshow All Star Family Fortunes alongside his older brother and fellow actor Ryan, who plays Jason Grimshaw in the soap opera, Coronation Street.

In early 2009 it was confirmed that Thomas was to leave Waterloo Road at the end of the fourth series due to his character having finished his education at the fictional school. Thomas' final episode was broadcast 20 May 2009.

Following his departure from his most famous role, Thomas signed on for his third appearance on daytime soap Doctors, this time playing a character called Ben Hamilton. The episode aired on 26 May 2009.[2]

It was announced on 21 May 2009 that Thomas had landed the role of Adam Barton in the long-running ITV soap opera, Emmerdale and would appear on screens from July 2009.[3]

In 2010, Thomas was involved in an incident in which he made homophobic comments to an Emmerdale fan. When student Ricky Platts introduced himself, Thomas preceded to brand Platts as a "gay boy" and a "queer", which Platts also gained video footage of. Thomas later made a public apology for his comments and an LGBT activist called for the serial's producers to take "decisive action" against Thomas.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Adam is the younger brother of Ryan Thomas who gained fame as Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street. He has a fraternal twin brother, Scott.

He attended The Kingsway School in Stockport between 2000 and 2004.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "'Doctors' casts another soap sibling - Doctors News - Soaps". Digital Spy. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  3. ^ "News - Emmerdale". ITV. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Alastair (27 October 2010). "Dale ‘gay hater’ in rant at student". The Sun. (News International). Retrieved 20 December 2011.