Adam THomas
Adam Thomas
(born 11th August 1988 in Manchester, England) is a British actor who starred in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale as Adam Barton from 2009 to 2018. Adam is also well known for his role in BBC drama Waterloo Road as Donte Charles.


It was in 2002, at the age of 15, that Adam started his television career with a guest appearance on the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors. It was another four years before Adam rose to fame in his breakthrough role as Donte Charles in the BBC drama series Waterloo Road of which he was an original cast member upon its inception in 2006.

The role of Donte led Adam to enjoy guest appearances in popular hospital drama Casualty in 2008 in which he played a boxer, as well as a second appearance in Doctors in 2007. He also appeared as himself on ITV gameshow All Star Family Fortunes alongside his older brother and fellow actor Ryan, who plays Jason Grimshaw in the soap Coronation Street.

In early 2009 it was confirmed that Adam was to leave Waterloo Road at the end of the fourth series due to his character having finished his education at the fictional school. Adam's final episode was broadcast 20 May 2009.

Following his departure from his most famous role, Adam signed on for his third appearance on daytime soap Doctors, this time playing a character called Ben Hamilton. The episode aired on 26 May 2009.

It was announced on 21 May 2009 that Adam had landed the role of Adam Barton on the long-running ITV soap opera Emmerdale and would appear on screens from July 2009.

In August 2016, Adam appeared on All-Star Mr & Mrs alongside his long-term partner Caroline Daly.

Adam took time off from Emmerdale in late 2016 to take part in "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!". He finished the competition in third place, behind comedian Joel Dommett and reality star Scarlett Moffatt. Following Adam's return, rumours surfaced that he would be leaving Emmerdale, which Adam initially denied.

It was confirmed in June 2017 that Adam would be leaving Emmerdale within the coming months. The character of Adam Barton departed on-screen in the episode aired 2nd January 2018.

In August 2018, Adam jumped to the defence of his elder brother Ryan Thomas when he was accused by former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett of hitting her aggressively.

Personal lifeEdit

Adam is the younger brother of Ryan Thomas who gained fame as Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street. He has a twin brother, Scott, although they are not identical. In fact, Adam has been said to look more like Ryan.

Adam has been married to Caroline Daly since 2017 and they have two children together, a son and daughter named Teddy (born 2014) and Elsie-May (born 2018) respectively.

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