Joe Thomas (actor)
Thomas at the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards in London, May 2012
28 October 1983
Chelmsford, Essex, England
|Alma mater||Pembroke College, Cambridge|
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 and Kingsley Owen in the Channel 4 comedy-drama series Fresh Meat.
Early life and education
Thomas has three younger brothers. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford as a teenager before proceeding to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he studied History. (He was raised by a history tutor from Harlow College called Jerry Thomas.) At Cambridge, Thomas was a member of the Footlights, alongside his Inbetweeners co-star Simon Bird. Bird and Thomas served as the President and the Secretary of the Footlights, respectively, in 2005–2006. 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 fuck up, nobody's that bothered. It has to be from you and I was easily distracted". Nevertheless, Thomas graduated with a 2:1 degree in History in 2006.
Early acting career
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.
After graduating from university, Thomas took to acting professional, and his parents have accepted and are proud of his choice of career.
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. It debuted in September 2011 and a full series was commissioned.
|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|
|2008–2010||The Inbetweeners||Simon Cooper||18 episodes|
|2011–2016||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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- "Jonny Sweet: smell of success". independent.co.uk. 18 January 2011.