Thomas Doherty (actor)

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Thomas Doherty
Thomas Doherty.jpg
Doherty in 2017
Born (1995-04-21) 21 April 1995 (age 23)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
OccupationActor
Years active2016–present

Thomas Doherty (born 21 April 1995) is a Scottish actor, best known for his roles as Harry Hook in Disney Channel's Descendants 2 and as Sean in the British musical comedy-drama, The Lodge.[1]

Early life[edit]

Doherty was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has an older brother and younger sister, and his parents were both in the banking business.[2] Doherty began acting at the age of 5 and also played football. Doherty joined Lothian Youth Arts and Musicals Company and played a variety of roles, including his debut as Disney's Aladdin.[3]

Doherty attended Royal High School in Edinburgh.[3] After high school, Doherty attended The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh, Scotland.[4] He graduated after studying music theatre at MGA Academy in July 2015 and immediately signed a contract with Olivia Bell Management in London.[5] Doherty was trained in acting, singing, and various types of dance including contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap and ballet.

Career[edit]

After graduating from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in the summer of 2015, Doherty began waiting tables in Edinburgh at Tigerlilly restaurant.[3] On his days off, Doherty split his time between auditioning for The Lodge and working with the Edinburgh Fringe.[1]

Doherty was offered the role of Sean in The Lodge, and had to undergo intensive training in mountain biking to prepare for the role.[6] The Lodge was filmed in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[7][8] While Doherty's character is Scottish, Doherty focused on toning down his accent in order to better accommodate the viewers in all 108 countries that The Lodge aired in.[1] In December 2016, The Lodge was renewed for a second season which began production in February 2017.[9]

In 2016 Doherty auditioned for Descendants 2 and was cast as Harry Hook, the son of villain, Captain James Hook, from Peter Pan.[1] Descendants 2 was filmed in Vancouver, Canada in 2016 and aired on the Disney Channel on 21 July 2017.[10] He is set to reprise his role as Harry Hook in the third installment of the Disney Channel franchise, Descendants 3, in 2019.[11]

In August 2017, Doherty was named one of the 50 hottest boys in the world by Vogue magazine.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Dracula Street Boy #2 Episode: "Servant to Two Masters"
2016–present The Lodge Sean Matthews Main role
2017 Descendants 2 Harry Hook Disney Channel Original Movie
2018 High Strung: Free Dance Zander Castel Film Studio, Riviera films
2019 Descendants 3 Harry Hook Disney Channel Original Movie[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d McIver, Brian (19 August 2016). "Scots actor was a waiter a year ago, now he's following in Zac Efron's footsteps". Daily Record. Glasgow, Scotland. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  2. ^ "Meet the young Scots actor set to become Disney's latest sensation". STV News. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  3. ^ a b c Cameron, Courtney (26 September 2016). "Edinburgh waiter tipped to be next Zac Efron with Disney role". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  4. ^ "Thomas is filming new teen musical for Disney". The MGA Academy of Performing Arts. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Olivia Bell Management -- Thomas Doherty CV" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2017.
  6. ^ "The Lodge's Thomas Doherty Talks Mountain Biking | SI Kids". SI Kids. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  7. ^ "Disney Channel begins filming The Lodge in Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland Screen". Northern Ireland Screen. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  8. ^ "Disney Channel: Major musical drama The Lodge filming in Northern Ireland". BBC News. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  9. ^ "The first look photos from Disney's The Lodge Season 2 as production begins". Heyuguys.com. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (26 July 2017). "Disney Channel's 'Descendants 2' Draws 21 Million Viewers Across 6 Networks In L+3 – Update". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  11. ^ a b Denise Petski (April 20, 2018). "'Descendants 3': Sarah Jeffery, Thomas Doherty & Dylan Playfair To Reprise Roles In Threequel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  12. ^ "The 50 Fittest Boys Of 2017". www.vogue.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-06.

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