Tosin Cole

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Tosin Cole
Tosin Cole by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cole at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 27)
New York City, United States
Years active2009–present
Notable work
The Cut
EastEnders: E20
Doctor Who

Tosin Cole (born 23 July 1992) is a British-American actor. He is known for various roles in British television series and films. He began his on-screen career starring in The Cut and EastEnders: E20, later securing a regular role as Neil Cooper in the soap opera Hollyoaks. After leaving the show Cole appeared in a range of television series and commercial films for guest appearances and participated in many short films. In October 2017, the BBC announced that Cole had been cast as Ryan Sinclair in the 2018 series of Doctor Who.

Early life[edit]

Cole moved from New York to London at age 8, with his father and uncle, following his parents' separation. He attended Abbey Wood Secondary School in Greenwich, London. He left school before his A-levels to pursue a career in acting.[1]


In 2009, Cole was part of a theatre production titled Wasted!, a modern reproduction of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, produced by Intermission, a company which helps teenagers stay away from crime.[citation needed] In 2010, Cole joined the cast of BBC teen drama The Cut, in which he played the role of Noah Achebe, who was introduced in the third series.[2] In 2011, he filmed parts in two short films titled Me and My Dad and Jasmine.[3]

Cole later secured the role of Sol Levi in EastEnders: E20, a spin-off of the British soap opera EastEnders.[4] The role required Cole to learn to dance and perform his routine in front of professional dance group Flawless in the series finale. He was quoted as saying the experience was "very, very, very stressful."[5] Cole said it was a privilege to work on E20 and said the cast were fantastic.[6] Cole then agreed to reprise the role for the third series.[7] He was then cast as a regular character in soap opera Hollyoaks as Neil Cooper. Neil was one of six new characters the programme introduced,[8] playing the role from 2011 until the character's death in a bus explosion in 2012. He also filmed a television advert as part of the serial's promotional push for the new characters.[9]

The actor went on to star in a 2013 episode of the BBC medical drama Holby City as Keith Potts.[3] He also played his first cinematic film role in Gone Too Far!, portraying Razer.[10] This was followed by another film role in Second Coming.[11] In 2014, came the role of Anthony in the miniseries The Secrets.[3] In 2015, Cole played the characters of Djimon Adomakoh in ITV drama Lewis and Kobina in an episode of historical series Versailles.[3] That year Cole also had a brief appearance in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the X-Wing pilot Lt. Bastian.[12]

On 4 October 2017, Cole starred in the short film Father of Man.[13] He then played Amjad in the film Unlocked.[14] On 22 October 2017, it was announced that Cole had been cast in the eleventh series of Doctor Who, playing Ryan Sinclair, a companion to The Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, starting in 2018.[15]


Year Film / Series Role Notes
2010 The Cut Noah Achebe Series regular
2010–11 EastEnders: E20 Sol Levi Series regular
2011 Me and My Dad Ryan Short film
Jasmine Tyler Short film
2011–12 Hollyoaks Neil Cooper Series regular
2012 Hollyoaks Later Series regular
2013 Holby City Keith Potts 1 episode
Gone Too Far! Razer Film
Second Coming Troy Film
2014 The Secrets Anthony 1 episode
2015 Lewis Djimon Adomakoh 2 episodes
Versailles Kobina 1 episode
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lt. Bastian Film
2016 Burning Sands Frank Film
2017 Father of Man Short film
Unlocked Amjad Film
2018–present Doctor Who Ryan Sinclair Main role (Series 11–present)
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series (2019)


  1. ^ Fishwick, Samuel (23 October 2018). "Tosin Cole on Doctor Who, keeping secrets and the first play he saw". Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "The Cut". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Fullerton, Huw (23 October 2017). "New Doctor Who star Tosin Cole has already appeared in Star Wars". Radio Times. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 July 2010). "'EastEnders' announces new 'E20' cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  5. ^ Press Association (9 October 2010). "E20's Tosin 'nervous' about dancing". MSN. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  6. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 July 2010). "More on the new 'EastEnders: E20' cast!". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  7. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (23 June 2011). "'EastEnders: E20': Ricky Norwood introduces the cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  8. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (26 August 2011). "'Hollyoaks' new sixth form students – In Pictures". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  9. ^ Smith, Chris (5 September 2011). "Meet the sexy sixth-form". E4. Channel 4 Television Corporation. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  10. ^ Baughan, Nikki (6 October 2014). "Gone Too Far!". The List. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Second Coming, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool". Liverpool Sound and Vision. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  12. ^ "New Doctor Who star Tosin Cole has already appeared in Star Wars". Radio Times. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Father Of Man [Short Film] Directed by Cornelius Walker & Starring Tosin Cole! – Your Cinema". 15 September 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  14. ^ Halligan, Fionnuala (25 April 2017). "'Unlocked': Review". Screen. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Doctor Who: Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Sharon D Clarke join Jodie Whittaker as regular cast members". Radio Times. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.

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