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
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.


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]


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]


  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". 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". Retrieved 2017-09-06.

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