British actor and recording artist Ashley Thomas trained at the BRIT school of performing arts as a theatre student.
Summer 2012 saw Ashley playing lead roles in Kaleidoscope’s ‘The Man Inside’ alongside Peter Mullan and David Harewood, and Studio Canal’s ‘Cockneys versus Zombies’ with Michelle Ryan and Harry Treadaway.
He also appeared in ‘My Brother The Devil’, released that same year
Ashley starred in one episode of Charlie Brooker’s highly acclaimed ‘Black Mirror Trilogy‘ for C4.
He released his debut album, ‘Catch Me If You Can’, in June 2009, and also features on the platinum selling album, ‘Plastic Beach’ by the Gorillaz.
Noel Clarke, director and star of ‘Adulthood’ first encountered Ashley from his street mix tapes, which contained samples from Noel’s previous film ‘Kidulthood ‘. Clarke was so impressed by what he heard, that he asked Ashley for a track to use on the official soundtrack for ‘Adulthood‘, after which Clarke asked Thomas to act as music supervisor for the project.
In 2010 Ashley played Rager in British Indy flick ‘Shank’. He then went on to star in Noel Clarke’s Universal distributed ‘4321‘.
In April 2011, BBC Learning launched ‘Off By Heart Shakespeare’, a recital contest for secondary school pupils. Ashley took on the role of Shylock from ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and delivered one of the character’s most memorable speeches; “To bait fish withal”.
Other film credits include ‘The Veteran’ and Channel 4 short ‘Resilience’.
Ashley currently resides in London.