Who Is Ryan Thomas? Neighbours’ Rafael Humphreys And Ex-coronation Street Actor Who’s Split From Girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh


BACON butties in Roy’s Rolls and Weatherfield living are a thing of the past for Ryan Thomas.

The hunky Manchester performer has switched soaps and joined the cast of long-running Aussie soap Neighbours – here is the lowdown on him…

Rex Features Ryan Thomas has swapped soap acting for adventure filled Celebrity Island

Who is Ryan Thomas?

Ryan Thomas is a 34-year-old actor, born on June 10, 1984.

He’s a Manchester lad who grew up in the city and went on to star in its home-grown soap, Coronation Street.

His little brother, Adam, also inherited the acting gene and plays Adam Barton in Emmerdale.

Meanwhile, other sibling Scott is known by telly lovers for starring on the 2016 series of ITV2’s Love Island, where he found love with Kady McDermott.

What is Ryan famous for?

The actor is best-known for playing mechanic Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street.

He was just 16 when he started out on the ITV soap and played the cheeky chap role until June 2016 to persue a career in Hollywood.

Ryan took a brief diversion from life on the cobbles in 2012 for spin-off show Corrie Goes to Kenya, in which he teamed up with on-screen mum Sue Cleaver (who plays Eileen Grimshaw) and ex co-star Brooke Vincent (who plays Sophie Webster) as well as Ben Price (who takes on the role of Nick Tilsley).

He also starred on Celebrity Island.

ITV Ryan is known for playing mechanic Jason Grimshaw in Corrie

Who is Ryan Thomas dating?

Ryan dated former Coronation Street co-star Tina O’Brien (who plays Sarah Platt) for six years from 2003.

She was left devastated when they split in October 2009 – a year after she gave birth to their daughter Scarlett.

The TV star candidly told her she “didn’t do it for him anymore”.

Yet things took a happier turn when he began dating ex Towie star Lucy Mecklenburgh earlier this year,  after meeting her while filming for The Island.

Sadly, The Sun Online revealed that the pair have split after an “explosive” row.

Rex Features He also starred in soap spin off Corrie Goes to Kenya with on-screen mum Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw

Does Ryan Thomas have any children?

Yes – he has an adorable daughter Scarlett, aged seven, with ex girlfriend Tina O’Brien.

The pair have remained very amicable for the sake of their little girl and Ryan is even best mates with Tina’s new man, PT Adam Crofts.

Tina told The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine: “For the sake of Scarlett, it has been well worth preserving [our relationship] and choosing our battles.”

With the white flag being waved by both parties, they all – including Tina and Adam’s 21-month-old son Beau – even celebrated Christmas Day together two years ago, as it suited everyone’s plans that year.


Channel 4 Ryan took part on 2017’s Celebrity Island

What else has Ryan done since leaving Coronation Street?

Ryan excitedly revealed he would be joining hit Aussie soap Neighbours in October, posting a picture of him on the famous Ramsey Street set. 

Producers promised a dark plot line for his character Rafael Humphreys, which sees him “confront a difficult chapter from his past.”

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