Joe Thomas (actor)

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Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas 2012.jpg
Thomas at the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards in London, May 2012
Born Joseph Thomas
(1983-10-28) 28 October 1983 (age 31)
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 2008–present
Partner(s) Hannah Tointon (2010- )

Joseph "Joe" Thomas (born 28 October 1983) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Simon Cooper in the E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners[1] and Kingsley Owen in the Channel 4 comedy-drama series Fresh Meat.

Early life and education[edit]

Thomas was born in Chelmsford, Essex in the United Kingdom on 28 October 1983. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School as a teenager before proceeding to the Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, where he studied History.[2] (He was raised by a history tutor from Harlow College called Jerry Thomas) At the University of Cambridge, Thomas was a member of the Footlights, alongside his Inbetweeners co-star Simon Bird.[3] Bird and Thomas served as the President and the Secretary of the Footlights, respectively, in 2005–2006.[4] Of his education, he states, "I never really recovered from the fact that the lecturers weren't paid to be nice to me. Or that the carrot-and-stick thing that happened at school no longer occurred. If you do quite well, nobody's that bothered; and if you really f**k up, nobody's that bothered. It has to be from you and I was easily distracted".[5] Nevertheless, Thomas graduated with a 2:1 degree in History in 2006.[6]

After graduating with a degree, Thomas briefly shared a flat with Bird and fellow Pembroke graduate and Footlights alumnus Jonny Sweet.[7]


Early acting career[edit]

After entering the performing arts via the Footlights, Thomas performed with fellow University of Cambridge students at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a production of All's Well That Ends Well directed by author Duncan Barrett.[8]

After graduating from university, Thomas took to acting professional, and his parents have accepted and are proud of his choice of career.[9]

Thomas is in a double act along with Sweet, and they have performed their show, The Jonny and Joe Show, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[10]

Television career[edit]

Thomas' big break in television was his role as Simon Cooper in The Inbetweeners and its feature film The Inbetweeners Movie. Together with Bird and writing partner Sweet, they wrote Chickens, a satirical sketch about three conscientious objectors during World War I, which was a part of a proposed series, Comedy Showcase.[7] It debuted in September 2011 and a full series was commissioned.

Following this, Thomas starred in the student sitcom Fresh Meat as Kingsley Owen and has played a maths teacher in the first episode of the second series of Threesome.



Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Simon Cooper
2011 A Trick of the Light Joe (voice) Short film
2012 Straw Donkey Tom Short film
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Simon Cooper


Year Title Role Note
2008–2010 The Inbetweeners Simon Cooper 18 episodes
2011–present Fresh Meat Kingsley 24 episodes
2011 Comedy Showcase George Episode: "Chicken"
2012 Threesome Teacher Episode: "Back to School"
2013 Chickens George 6 episodes; also creator and writer


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