Joe Thomas (actor)
Thomas at the May 2012 BAFTA Television Awards in London
28 October 1983
Chelmsford, Essex, England
|Alma mater||Pembroke College, Cambridge|
|Partner(s)||Hannah Tointon (2010–present, engaged)|
Early life and education
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. 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 professionally, 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.
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.
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).
|2011||The Inbetweeners Movie||Simon Cooper|
|A Trick of the Light||Joe (voice)||Short film|
|2014||The Inbetweeners 2||Simon Cooper|
|2016||The Darkest Universe||Toby|
|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|
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- Webb, Claire (9 October 2012). "Fresh Meat: Joe Thomas – I was quite similar to Kingsley at university". Radio Times.
- Webb, Claire. "What's next for an Inbetweener". BBC Nordic.
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- Webb, Claire (22 August 2013). "Chickens: Inbetweeners Simon Bird and Joe Thomas on playing overgrown schoolboys – again". Radio Times.
- "Jonny Sweet: smell of success". independent.co.uk. 18 January 2011.
- Jodie, Halford. "White Gold: Inbetweeners writer honours Essex roots". BBC News.
- Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (2018-03-23). "Doctor Who actress Pearl Mackie to star in new BBC comedy Proposal". Radio Times.