Joe Thomas (actor)

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Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas 2012.jpg
Thomas at the May 2012 BAFTA Television Awards in London
Born Joseph Thomas
(1983-10-28) 28 October 1983 (age 34)
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 2002–present
Partner(s) Hannah Tointon (2010–present, engaged[1])

Joseph Owen Thomas (born 28 October 1983) is an English actor. He portrayed Simon Cooper in the E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners, and Kingsley Owen in the Channel 4 comedy-drama series Fresh Meat.

Early life and education[edit]

Born the first of four boys, 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.[2] At 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 fuck 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]

Career[edit]

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 professionally, 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. In 2017, Thomas began starring in the sitcom White Gold, along with his The Inbetweeners co-star, James Buckley.[11]

Radio[edit]

In 2018 Thomas began work on Proposal, a comedy radio series announced as part of BBC Radio 2's spring "funny fortnight", in which he plays Jamie, a man preparing to propose to his girlfriend Lucy (Pearl Mackie).[12]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas started dating his co-star Hannah Tointon in 2010. They became engaged in early 2017.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Simon Cooper
A Trick of the Light Joe (voice) Short film
2012 Straw Donkey Tom
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Simon Cooper
2015 Scottish Mussel Danny
2016 The Darkest Universe Toby
2018 The Festival Nick

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2010 The Inbetweeners Simon Cooper 18 episodes
2011–16 Fresh Meat Kingsley 30 episodes
2011 Comedy Showcase George Episode: "Chicken"
2012 Threesome Teacher Episode: "Back to School"
2013 Chickens George 6 episodes; also creator and writer
2017–present White Gold Martin Lavender 6 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Inbetweeners' Simon and Tara are engaged in real life". Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  2. ^ Leggett, Tabatha (16 November 2010). "Tab Interview: Joe Thomas". The Tab. 
  3. ^ Cambridge Footlights Presents: Niceties
  4. ^ "Footlights: Alumni 2000–2009". Cambridge Footlights. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Webb, Claire (9 October 2012). "Fresh Meat: Joe Thomas – I was quite similar to Kingsley at university". Radio Times. 
  6. ^ Webb, Claire. "What's next for an Inbetweener". BBC Nordic. 
  7. ^ a b "Chickens: What the Inbetweeners did next". guardian.co.uk. 29 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Association of Cambridge Theatre Societies". camdram.net. 2004-08-21. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  9. ^ Webb, Claire (22 August 2013). "Chickens: Inbetweeners Simon Bird and Joe Thomas on playing overgrown schoolboys – again". Radio Times. 
  10. ^ "Jonny Sweet: smell of success". independent.co.uk. 18 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Jodie, Halford. "White Gold: Inbetweeners writer honours Essex roots". BBC News. 
  12. ^ Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (2018-03-23). "Doctor Who actress Pearl Mackie to star in new BBC comedy Proposal". Radio Times. 

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