Antonia Thomas loved painting and had even started acquiring the necessary education needed to become a painter before she decided to quit, not because she lost interest in the arts, but at the realisation that she would never be able to cope with the solitary kind of life that being an artist often requires.
In addition to this, she also likes the theatre, so, she chose to toe the acting path. The English actress started her professional acting career in 2009 and as of 2019, she had already become a big deal in the industry, thanks to her roles in the series Misfits, The Good Doctor and Lovesick.
Antonia Thomas – Bio
The beautiful actress was born on 3 November 1986, in London and was raised in Blackheath, Greenwich, South East London, alongside her two sisters named Chloe Lucy and Emma. She is of mixed ethnicity as her mother is black (Jamaican) while her father is white (English).
At the age of 14, Antonia, born with the full name Antonia Laura Thomas, joined the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT). She later studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in acting and subsequently became a member of the National Youth Theatre.
Shortly after her graduation from drama school in 2009, Antonia Thomas landed the main role in the cult superhero comedy television show, Misfits, playing Alesha Daniel, a delinquent teenager who has the power to stir up an unappeasable desire in anyone she touches.
Although she initially had doubts about taking up the role, the quality of the script made it impossible for her to resist. Eventually, the show turned out to be a breakout hit, making its young cast stars.
Antonia worked on the Misfits for three seasons, signing out in 2011 and while on it, she appeared in the television movie, Stanley Park and also in three episodes of The Deep, both in 2010. In 2012, she featured in the TV series, Homefront, portraying the character of Tasha Raveley in six episodes. Also in the same year, she featured in three movies – Eight Minutes Idle, Spike Island and Rearview, acting as Adrienne, Lisa and Nicky respectively.
The following year being 2013, she was in the films Sunshine on Leith, Hello Carter and Air (short film). She followed it up in 2014 by appearing as Angela in the British historical film Northern Soul, as Steinmann in The Hybrid, as a Jazz Singer in the miniseries Fleming Jazz and as Ferrara in “The Diva” episode of Transporter: The Series.
2014 also saw Antonia Thomas land a second dream gig after Misfits, in another British comedy sitcom titled Lovesick. On the show, which was made by the same production company behind Misfit, she played the role of Evie, a close friend to and ongoing love interest of Dylan.
The Good Doctor was her next big thing but before then, she featured in some films and television shows such as Survivor (2015), FirstBorn (2016), The Musketeers and Teletubbies.
Antonia Thomas was cast among the major characters in the ABC medical drama, The Good Doctor, in 2017. The show revolves around Dr. Shaun Murphy (played by Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon who has autism and savant syndrome, as well as his colleagues at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital which includes Dr. Clare Browne, portrayed by Antonia Thomas.
Father (David Thomas)
Antonia’s father, David Thomas, is a popular early music / baroque music singer who started singing in the choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London when he was a very young boy. He attended King’s School, Canterbury and later won a choral scholarship which took him to study at King’s College, Cambridge.
He first became popular as a solo singer with some early music groups in England, including Consort of Musicke and Christopher Hogwood’s Academy of Ancient Music, and has gone on to win numerous acclaim for his amazing performances of works by popular composers.
David Thomas currently works at Trinity College of Music, London, as a Professor of Singing.
Other Interesting Facts
She Would Have Been An Artist
The 5-feet 1-inch tall actress would have become an artist if she had not realized early enough that she was not really cut out for it. She did a course in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and after that, she secured a spot to study Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art. However, according to her, she realized that painting was great but the solitary life usually lived by artists was not for her.
Antony Thomas has revealed that she is an avid shopper of vintage clothing. In fact, it is her shopping weakness. According to her, she sets out on a hunt for the best vintage wears in any city she visits and loves to spend her money on such clothes because whatever beautiful piece you get will be owned by only you.
She also disclosed that she specifically likes to collect ’50s cocktail dresses because it works very well on her curvy body. Among her favourite sources are Blackout II in Covent Garden, London, Silverlake Flea, LA, California, Mintage and Hey Jude, both in Vancouver.
She Might Make A Movie About Her Mom
The beautiful actress has expressed her desire to adopt the story of her mother, Veronica, and turn it into a superwoman feature film. At the age of 11, her mother relocated from Jamaica to Yorkshire, England, and went through a lot of difficulties because at the time (in the 1960s), the country was not yet really open in accepting people of other cultures.
However, Antonia’s mother was able to build a good life for herself, becoming an NHS nurse and fighting her way up the ladder of the system. She eventually retired from service in 2018 as head of psychology at St Thomas’s Hospital.
Antonia Thomas once mentioned that she had a boyfriend in an interview but she carefully kept his name away. However, it is believed that the lucky guy is London-based photographer Michael Shelford, judging from her social media posts.