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Antonia Thomas has been hailed as “Britain’s dream girl” and the reason is not hard to see – starring as Alisha Daniels in Misfits and as Evie in Lovesick. The London-born actress featured in some of the best British comedies of the 2010s. She has also endeared herself to American audiences with her performance as the empathetic Dr. Claire Brown on the ABC series, The Good Doctor. With future plans of writing and producing her own stories, there is no limit to what Thomas can achieve in Hollywood.
Who is Antonia Thomas?
Antonia Laura Thomas was born on the 3rd of November 1986 in London, England. She hails from a family of six. Her father is an English classical singer named David while her mother is a Jamaican-born nurse named Veronica. The actress also has two sisters namely, Emma Jay and Chloe Lucy. Thomas grew up in London and aspired to become an actress from an early age. She took part in several school productions and also joined the National Youth Music Theatre at the age of 14. Thomas spent two years with NYMT during which she performed in places such as Japan and Scotland.
She subsequently returned to school and completed her GCSE and A-Levels. Following this academic feat, Thomas turned her attention back to acting and enrolled at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic drama school. She studied there for three years and obtained a bachelor’s in acting in 2009.
How Did She Become Famous?
Most movie stars usually wait for several years before landing their breakthrough roles, however, this was not the case with Antonia Thomas who was lucky enough to score her breakthrough with her very first job. Upon graduating from Bristol Old Vic, Thomas landed a starring role in the hit TV series, Misfits. The series revolved around five youth delinquents on community service who develop superpowers after being caught in a freak storm. The group subsequently contend with different emotions and insecurities whilst struggling to get their act together. Misfits featured the likes of Iwan Rheon and Nathan Young while Thomas portrayed Alisha, a misfit who has the power to provoke insatiable sexual desires in anyone who touches her. The Londoner appeared in the series for three years and this propelled her to the limelight in her native U.K.
Since her breakthrough on Misfits, Antonia Thomas has gone on to feature in several British productions including Lovesick, The Musketeers, Sunshine on Leith, The Hybrid, Northern Soul, Survivor, and Firstborn. She has also made name for herself in Hollywood thanks to the hit ABC series, The Good Doctor. The Good Doctor is a medical drama that primarily revolves around Shaun Murphy, a brilliant young surgeon who suffers from savant syndrome as well as autism. In the series, Thomas portrays the role of Dr. Claire Brown, a surgical resident who befriends and often helps Shaun out. The Good Doctor debuted in 2017 and has consistently received high ratings. This is due to its willingness to combine medical drama with contemporary issues such as gender equality, racism, sexual harassment, and autism.
Is Antonia Thomas Married or Dating Anyone?
Even though she is renowned for appearing in dramatic fares, Thomas has avoided drama in her personal life. The actress was rumored to have dated her Misfits co-star, and onscreen love interest, Iwan Rheon, but this turned out to be a hoax. Thomas is now in a confirmed romance with London-based professional photographer, Michael Shelby. Shelby specializes in producing headshots for aspiring actors. He is also a working actor himself and has scored minor roles in productions such as The Crown, War & Peace, Mortdecai, Game of Thrones, Doctors and Mrs. Briggs.
It is not exactly known when Thomas and Shelby began their romance but the actress did confirm the romance in a November 2018 interview with The Scotsman. Since then, the couple has been spotted at several industry events together. Thomas also regularly shares pictures of her man on social media.
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What Are Her Future Ambitions?
Asides acting, Antonia Thomas also has future plans to do off-screen work. These include writing screenplays as well as producing the stories that matter to her. The actress has so far collaborated with her Good Doctor co-star, Chuku Mundo, to produce a short film titled Freedom’s Name is Mighty Sweet. The film tells the true-life story of a young African-American couple who travel to the Yukon wilderness in Canada in search of gold. Thomas is also tinkering with producing a film about her mother’s inspiring life story. Veronica Thomas moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 14. She endured several challenges and became an NHS nurse. She later retired in 2018 as the head of psychology at St Thomas Hospital London.