Thomas Law

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For the reformer of British policy in India, see Thomas Law (1756–1834). For the English Oratorian priest, see Thomas Graves Law.
Thomas Law
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Thomas Law
Born (1992-12-17) 17 December 1992 (age 22)
Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actor, Model
Years active 2005–present
Television EastEnders (2006–2010)

Thomas John Law (born 17 December 1992) is an English actor. He is the fourth actor to play Peter Beale in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. He took over from James Martin on 31 August 2006 on a temporary contract, and since turning 16, was offered a full-time contract with the soap.[1] He left on 24 December 2010, and later the character was recast. It was given to Ben Hardy in June 2013.

Early and personal life[edit]

Law has been modelling since the age of four and previously appeared in four episodes of Casualty first aired in late 2005. He lives with his parents, Trish and Robert, and his 2 sisters. Law also has family in Australia and in Dorset. Law attended Chancellor's School in Brookmans Park where fellow actor Vinnie Jones also attended. He spent his 16th birthday in Barbados in December 2008. Law is only one week older than Melissa Suffield the actress who played his on-screen twin sister Lucy Beale for six years until 2010, and he is also a supporter of Leicester City.[2] His hobbies include golf, football and cricket, as well as soprano singing and running.[3]

Acting career[edit]

In 2007 and 2008, Law took part in Children In Need with the cast of EastEnders recording The Beatles song "A Little Help from My Friends" (2007) and Songs From West End Musicals (2008) and in "Motown Hits" (2009). Other notable charity work has included playing at the Alan Ball Memorial Cup in 2007, the opening of the kitchens at the University Hospitals of Leicester Uhl-nhs.uk and the turning on of the Christmas lights two years running in Brookman's Park in his hometown of Potters Bar.

In December 2007, Law was invited to spend some time at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital by his aunt, who works there. He spent time with children who would be at the hospital over Christmas. During the visit youngsters in all three of the L&D's children's wards were seen by Law and he stopped for pictures and a chat, as well as signing autographs. After the event hospital spokesman Barry Mayes said: "[Law] gave a big chunk of his time. He was very pleasant, mature and humble, and really homed in on the children and how they were feeling."[4] In February 2010, Law attended a fundraising event along with other members of the EastEnders cast to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The event took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and was organised after Adam Woodyatt wanted to organise a fundraising event in the Midlands.[5] Law also appeared at a charity concert called: "Top Hat at the Palladium" on 18 July 2010 (part of Top Hat Stage & Screen School).[citation needed]

In November 2010 it was announced that Law would be leaving EastEnders at the end of the year and was preparing to make his stage debut in Peter Pan.[6]

In April 2014, Law made a guest appearance in Casualty as patient, Sean Starky.[7]

In 2015 he will tour the UK in the play Beautiful Thing alongside Charlie Brooks and Sam Jackson.

Music career[edit]

Thomas fronted an alternative rock band, East Arbor 19, until they disbanded in October 2012.[citation needed] He is now working as a solo singer/musician.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2005 Casualty[8] Matt Haddon BBC One

4 episodes

2006-10 EastEnders[9] Peter Beale BBC One Series regular
2007 Children in Need[10] Himself BBC One
2008 Children in Need[11] Himself BBC One
2009 Children in Need[12] Himself BBC One
2013 Sadie J[13] Callum CBBC
2013 The World's End[14] Young Gary King Universal Studios
2014 Casualty[15] Sean Starky BBC One

1 episode

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Peter Pan[16] Peter Pan Shown at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EastEnders actor Thomas Law offered a full-time contract". Nathan Kay's Online Blog / The Daily Mail. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Football-league.co.uk
  3. ^ "We're proud of them all". Herts24. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2007. 
  4. ^ "EastEnders dose for L&D kids". Natalee Hazelwood / lutontoday. December 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "BBC — Eastenders stars fundraising for Haiti at the Ricoh". BBC Online. BBC. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. "Soaps — News — Is Peter Beale leaving 'EastEnders'? - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Casualty (2014)". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Casualty (2005)". Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Eastenders (200)". Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Children in Need (2007)". Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Children in Need (2008)". Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Children in Need (2009)". Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sadie J". BBC. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  14. ^ "The World's End". Universal Studios. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  15. ^ "Casualty (2014)". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Peter Pan(2010)". Retrieved 9 January 2011. 

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