BACON Butties in Roy’s Rolls and Wetherfield living must sound like a luxury for former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas.
The hunky Manchester performer has switched soaps and the small screen for the gritty demands of outdoor living and bug-filled bedding on Bear Gryll’s new series of Celebrity Island – here’s what we know about him…
Who is Ryan Thomas?
Ryan Thomas is a 33-year-old actor, born on June 10 1984.
He’s a Manchester lad who grew up in the city and went in 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 brunette 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 peruse 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).
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 Ocotber 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 and he began dating ex Towie star Lucy Mecklenburgh earlier this year, after meeting her while filming for The Island.
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.
What is Celebrity Island and when is it on TV?
A total of 10 celebs, including Lucy and Ryan , spend a few weeks stranded on an island in Panama for the new series of Bear Grylls’ show.
Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas, TV doctor Sara Kayat, comedian Mark Watson, Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton, former Team GB swimmer Sharron Davies, Jordan Stephensfrom Rizzle Kicks and actress Shazia Mirza are all taking part in the new series of Celebrity Island.
The show returned to Channel 4 on August 29.
What has Ryan Thomas said about his time on Celebrity Island?
The hunk has given a few teasers as to what fans can expect from his time on the show – and it seems determination was key.
He told website Whats On TV: “There was a really heavy storm on the island; we were cold and wet, it was relentless. I got stung by wasps, and sand-flies would hover over my face and stop me sleeping at night.
“Your energy levels get so low, you’re bored, you’re tired, you’re hungry and you’re itching from bugs. Keeping the fire burning gave me something to do and mentally helped me get through it. I was really struggling, but I thought I’m not gonna give up!”