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Ashley Thomas
Bashy Suit.jpg
Thomas at the Adulthood premiere in 2008.
Ashley Thomas

(1985-02-04) 4 February 1985 (age 37)
EducationBRIT School
  • Actor
  • rapper
Years active2002–present
Musical career
Also known asBashy
Years active2002–present

Ashley Thomas (born 4 February 1985), also known by his stage name Bashy,[1] is an English actor and rapper.[2]

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Hammersmith, West London, the first born of a Jamaican mother and Dominican father. He attended St. Mary's of the Angels RC Primary School. Aged eleven, his family moved to Kensal Rise, northwest London and he attended Cardinal Hinsley High School. Thomas attended The BRIT School for Performing Arts as a theatre student.

Before becoming an actor and musician, Thomas worked as a postman for the Royal Mail and later as a London Bus driver.

Musical career[edit]

Black Boys[edit]

In 2007, Thomas released the song "Black Boys". With frequent reports of shootings and stabbings on news bulletins, and with the media continuously focusing on the lack of role models in black communities, he felt that the nation's inner-city youth needed a reminder that they had a number of positive role models they could look to for inspiration. His début single provoked controversy as some critics called the track racist. This prompted the governing body Ofcom to investigate.


In 2008, Thomas started working on Adulthood. Noel Clarke, the writer and director of Adulthood, first encountered Thomas when he was passed a copy of The Chupa Chups Mixtape, which contained samples from Clarke's previous Kidulthood film. Clarke was so impressed with what he heard that his thoughts soon drifted from copyright protection to finding a way to record the Adulthood theme song. He asked Thomas to submit a track to be included on the official soundtrack, and Thomas delivered "Kidulthood to Adulthood". Thomas also curated music from other artists for Clarke to consider. Subsequently, Clarke asked Thomas to act as a music supervisor for the entire film.[3]

Catch Me If You Can[edit]

Thomas released his debut album, Catch Me If You Can in June 2009. "" rated the album "good" and stated, "Catch Me If You Can is a debut album that perfectly encapsulates how hip hop has become the world's local music. With vocal accents, lyrical references, swagger and varied production styles that will take a minute for the non-Brit to get their head around, much of this likable and well-intentioned set still deserves wider attention."[4]

Acting career[edit]

Thomas landed his first role in 2010 as Rager in British flick, Shank, An independent action film set in a decaying future London. He then went on to feature in that same year.

In April 2010, BBC Learning launched Off By Heart Shakespeare, a recital contest for secondary school pupils. For the project launch, Thomas was asked to play the role of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice.[5]

Early in 2011, Thomas signed on to play the lead role in The Man Inside, opposite Peter Mullen, David Harewood and Michelle Ryan. Later that year, he was part of an ensemble cast in Cockneys vs Zombies, taking up the role of Mental Mickey.

Thomas' first television role came in the winter of 2011, in the Emmy award-winning series Black Mirror by Charlie Brooker for Channel 4 as Judge Wraith in the episode "Fifteen Million Merits". Thomas' next film was My Brother the Devil which received critical acclaim, winning awards at both the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.

In 2013, played the recurring character Jermaine Newton in Top Boy , a role he would reprise in 2019 after it was announced that Netflix would revive the British drama series.

Early in 2015, Thomas guest-starred in the BBC series The Interceptor. Thomas' next TV appearance would be as Gil in the short-lived fantasy drama Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands for ITV in January 2016. Thomas signed up to the ensemble cast of A Hundred Streets released the same year.

Early in 2016, it was confirmed Thomas would appear as Calvin Hart in the HBO limited series The Night Of directed by James Marsh and Steve Zaillian.[6] In March 2016, Thomas was set as a lead role in the 20th Century Fox Television reboot of franchise series 24 as Isaac Carter.[7]

In 2018, Thomas played the brother of lead character Luca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) in the legal drama The Good Fight, airing on CBS All Access.

In 2019 it was announced Thomas would co-star in the NYPD Blue reboot.[8] That same year Thomas was set to headline the Amazon Prime series Them;[9] for his performance he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2009 Catch Me If You Can
  • Independent studio album
  • Released: 1 June 2009
  • Label: Ragz2Richez (Independent Label)


  • 2005: Ur Mum Vol One
  • 2007: The Chupa Chups Mixtape
  • 2008:
  • 2010: The Fantasy Mixtape
  • 2011: The Crunchie Mixtape
  • 2012: The Great Escape EP
  • 2013: Mixtape Legend (Compilation)

Singles and music videos[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
2008 "Black Boys" (featuring Loick Essien (uncredited)) Catch Me If You Can
"Kidulthood to Adulthood" 86
2009 "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (featuring Toddla T)
"Your Wish Is My Command" (featuring H-Boogie)
"Fantasy" (featuring Preeya Kalidas) 88
2010 "Make My Day" (vs. NAPT)
2013 "These Are the Songs" 87
2014 "Bring the Lights Down" (featuring Jareth)

Guest appearances[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Shank Rager
2010 Smooth
2011 The Veteran Tyrone Jones
2011 Cockneys vs Zombies Mental Mickey
2012 The Man Inside Clayton
2012 My Brother the Devil Lenny
2016 100 Streets Jules
2016 Brotherhood Calvin
2018 Skin (2018 short film) Jaydee Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Black Mirror Judge Wraith Episode "Fifteen Million Merits"
2015 The Interceptor Dexter Blair Episode 1.3
2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Gil 4 episodes
2016 The Night Of Calvin Hart Episodes: "The Art of War", "The Season of the Witch"
2017 24: Legacy Isaac Carter Series Regular
2018 The Good Fight Dominic Quinn Episode: "Day 429"
2018 Ice Malcolm Rose 5 episodes
2018 Salvation Alonzo Carter Series Regular (season 2)[11]
2013–2019 Top Boy Jermaine Newton 7 episodes
2019 NYPD Blue Detective Chris Gamble Series Lead. Unaired Pilot
2021 Them: Covenant Henry Emory Series Lead[12]
2022 The Ipcress File Paul Maddox
TBA Great Expectations Jaggers Upcoming miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 MOBO Award Best Video Kidulthood to Adulthood[13] Nominated
Urban Music Award Best Video Black Boys[14] Nominated
Urban Music Award Most Inspirational Artist[15] Won
Screen Nation Award Best Music Performance in Film/TV[16] Won
2009 MOBO Award Best Album Catch Me If You Can[13] Nominated
MOBO Award Best UK Act[14] Nominated
Urban Music Award Best Hip Hop Nominated
Official Mixtape Awards Best Hip Hop Mixtape Nominated
Official Mixtape Awards Best Mixtape of the Decade The Chupa Chups Mixtape Nominated
Official Mixtape Awards Best Mixtape Nominated
UK Music Video Awards Best Budget Video – Pop, Dance, Urban Ransom Nominated
2012 Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow Won
2022 Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series Them Nominated


  1. ^ Fevre, Juliette (21 October 2021). "Top Boy actor Bashy returns to Harlesden school to surprise pupils".
  2. ^ Barzey, Whelan (18 April 2021). "The rapper who's gone from driving London buses to starring in an Amazon Prime TV show".
  3. ^ "Adulthood". 20 June 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2016.[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "Catch Me If You Can: BASHY". 15 June 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Schools – Teachers – Off By Heart Shakespeare". BBC. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (11 March 2016). "James Gandolfini's Passion Project 'Criminal Justice' Gets Summer Premiere On HBO As 'The Night Of'". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (10 March 2016). "'24: Legacy': Ashley Thomas Set As Lead In Fox Reboot".
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (18 January 2019). "NYPD Blue': Ashley Thomas To Co-Star In ABC Sequel Pilot".
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (27 July 2019). "Them': Deborah Ayorinde & Ashley Thomas To Star In Amazon Anthology Series From Lena Waithe".
  10. ^ Lang, Brent (14 December 2021). "Indie Spirit Awards 2022: Full List of Nominations".
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (12 February 2018). "'Salvation': Melia Kreiling & Ashley Thomas Cast As Regulars In Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (27 July 2019). "'Them': Deborah Ayorinde & Ashley Thomas To Star In Amazon Anthology Series From Lena Waithe".
  13. ^ a b "Dizzee Rascal, Jay-Z and Estelle lead MOBO nominations | News". 11 September 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Interviews With Bashy, Sway, Tinchy Stryder, Skeelo & Richard Blackwood". Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  15. ^ "Urban Music Awards 08 Nominations". 10 October 2008.
  16. ^ "~* 7th Screen Nation Awards 2010 *~". Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011.

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