Ryan Thomas is a British actor and TV Personality, best known for playing the role of Jason Grimshaw in the ITV soap Coronation Street and winning 22nd Series of Celebrity Big Brother.
Born in Manchester, Ryan made his on-screen debut in the show age 16, and Corrie fans fell in love with Jason’s endearing and likable character. After 16 years on the show, Ryan decided to pursue other opportunities in the acting world.
After leaving Coronation Street, Ryan starred in roles such as Rafael Humphreys in Channel 5’s Australian soap opera Neighbours. He has also taken to the stage in the pantomime renditions of Cinderella and Peter Pan.
In 2017, Ryan featured in the Channel 4 series, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, where Ryan and 9 other Celebrities battled it out to survive on a secluded island with no resources.
In August 2018, Ryan took part in the 22nd series of Celebrity Big Brother onChannel 5, and was subsequently crowned winner of the series. That year the show hit record-breaking viewing figures, with an average audience of 1.4 million tuning into the Saturday night show – the most viewed Celebrity Big Brother episode in 4 years.
In May 2020, along with his two brothers, Adam and Scott, and their Father Dougie, Ryan starred in a brand-new ITV reality series, travelling to India to discover his Indian heritage. The six-part series, Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai explores the tight bond of the three brothers and their relationship with their father. Filled with humour and anticipation, the family try to hunt down their long-lost relatives in one of the most hectic cities in the world.
On the trip, Ryan said “We are all incredibly excited but also incredibly nervous. On the flip side we can’t wait to find out more about our roots, but we are also a little worried as we’re heading into the unknown! I have no doubt it’s going to be a trip we’ll never forget.”
Ryan has 2 children and is engaged to successful health and fitness businesswoman, Lucy Mecklenburgh, who he met on the Channel 4, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.