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Adam THomas

Adam Gordon Thomas (born 11th August 1988 in Salford, Greater Manchester) is a English actor who portrayed Adam Barton in Emmerdale from July 2009 to January 2018.


It was in 2002, at the age of 14, that Thomas started his television career with a guest appearance on the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors. It was another four years before Thomas 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 Thomas 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 played Jason Grimshaw in the soap Coronation Street.

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

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

It was announced on 21st May 2009 that Thomas 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, Thomas appeared on All-Star Mr & Mrs alongside his long-term partner Caroline Daly.

Thomas 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 Thomas' return, rumours surfaced that he would be leaving Emmerdale, which Thomas initially denied.

It was confirmed in June 2017 that Thomas 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, Thomas jumped to the defence of his elder brother Ryan Thomas when he was accused by former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett of hitting her aggressively.

In January 2023, Thomas reprised his role of Donte Charles for the recommissioned eleventh series of Waterloo Road. In August, he was announced as one of the contestants on the twenty-first series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Personal life[]

Thomas 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, Thomas has been said to look more like Ryan.

Thomas 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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