Gareth Thomas (actor)

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Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas (Blake's 7).jpg
Gareth Thomas at the Blake's 7 DVD launch, 2005
Born Gareth Daniel Thomas
(1945-02-12) February 12, 1945 (age 70)
Wales, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–present

Gareth Thomas (born 12 February 1945) is a Welsh actor. He is best known for his role as Roj Blake in the BBC science fiction television series Blake's 7, but has appeared in many other films and television programmes, including Shem in the ITV sci-fi series Star Maidens and Adam Brake in the fantasy series Children of the Stones.

Background[edit]

Thomas trained at RADA and is now an Associate Member. He has been twice nominated for a BAFTA for his performances in Stocker's Copper (BBC Play for Today) (1972) and Morgan's Boy (1984).

Some of his other television appearances include The Avengers, Coronation Street, Z-Cars, Special Branch, Sutherland's Law, Public Eye, Who Pays the Ferryman?, Bergerac, By the Sword Divided, The Citadel, Knights of God, Boon, London's Burning, Casualty, Taggart, Heartbeat, Sherlock Holmes, How Green Was My Valley, Torchwood and Midsomer Murders.

Thomas has also appeared on stage in many productions. Notable appearances include RSC productions of Twelfth Night, Othello and Anna Christie; English Shakespeare Company productions of Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2 and Henry V; and King Lear, Educating Rita, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Crucible, Equus and Déjà Vu. In 2010 Thomas gave an acclaimed performance as Ephraim Cabot in Desire Under the Elms at the New Vic Theatre. In 2000 Gareth was the first subject of MJTV's interview/drama CD series The Actor Speaks. He talks about his character Blake in Blake's 7 in one of the interviews.

From 1999 to 2005 Gareth took part in 12 of 14 CD episodes of MJTV's original audio comedy sci-fi drama series Soldiers of Love, playing camp Welsh TV host Hywel Hammond and villain of the piece Aaron Arkenstein.

In 2001 he appeared in Storm Warning, an audio drama based on Doctor Who by Big Finish Productions. He also played the part of Kalendorf in the Big Finish Productions Dalek Empire series. In 2006 he appeared as a guest star in the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, in the episode "Ghost Machine". In 2012, Thomas returned to the role of "Roj Blake" in Big Finish Productions' Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles, a series of dramatic readings which take place during Series One before the death of Oleg Gan. Thomas stars as "Blake" in Counterfeit by Peter Anghelides and False Positive by Eddie Robson. In 2013 he appeared as Brother Cadfael in Middle Ground Theatre Company's adaption of The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters.

Personal life[edit]

After many years living in the Scottish Borders, Thomas moved to Surrey in 2009.

Acting career[edit]

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