Former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas is officially a Celebrity Big Brother 2018 contestant.
The 34-year-old left ITV’s Corrie in 2016 following sixteen years on the show.
While he may be a familiar face in the world of soaps, who is Ryan Thomas in the real world?
Here is everything you need to know!
Ryan Thomas: Life After Coronation Street
Ryan Thomas joined the Coronation Street cast when he was just 16 years old.
His character, Jason Grimshaw, grew to become one of the most familiar faces on the show before leaving in 2016, where he disappeared to Thailand following an emotional goodbye with his family.
Moving on to Neighbours
Ryan joined the cast on famous Aussie TV soap Neighbours in 2017, which airs on U.K TV network Channel 5.
His character is ‘handsome devil’ Rafael Humphreys, who rocked up to Ramsay Street to inflict unknown revenge on long-serving character Paul Robinson.
Does anyone still watch Neighbours?
Ryan’s A-list Friends
With almost 500,000 followers on Instagram, Ryan must be doing something right.
He is. He hangs out with A-list superstars.
Kicking back with P Diddy and Chris Brown at festivals? You bet!
Ryan Thomas’ Dating History
Ryan is currently in a relationship with former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh. The two met in 2017 when both appearing on Channel 4 series Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.
Ryan was previously married to Tina O’Brien for six years.
The pair started dating in their teenage years while both working on Coronation Street.
Over this period, Tina was twice voted into the FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women in the world – then again, former N Dubz singer Tulisa once came first.
The pair broke up in 2009, one year after Tina gave birth to their daughter Scarlett. Tina has since re-married.
The Thomas Brothers
There are more than just the one famous Thomas in the world of TV.
There’s three, with Ryan the eldest of the family!
Ryan’s has two younger brothers, who are twins!
Adam made his break on BBC’s Waterloo Road before joining the cast of Emmerdale for nine years, between 2009 and 2018.
They look very similar, and it was Adam who appeared in 2016’s I’m A Celebrity… so try not to get confused.
The second half of the twins is Scott Thomas, 30, who appeared in 2016’s Love Island, where he came third in the series with villa girlfriend Kady McDermott.
Like all Love Island contestants, they are no longer together.
Ryan Thomas Bankruptcy
It wouldn’t be a Celebrity Big Brother contestant without a backstory of bankruptcy.
In 2013, Ryan was declared bankrupt after a petition by HM Revenue and Customs over an unpaid tax bill of £40,000.
Maybe that’s why this one is a rental car – don’t think we didn’t spot it, Ry!
The Favourite to Win Celebrity Big Brother 2018
Whether it’s to do with Ryan’s pulling power on social media or his recognisability from those Coronation Street days, he’s already earmarked as the favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother 2018.
WATCH CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER FROM THURSDAY 16TH AUGUST ON CHANNEL 5, AT 9 PM.