Dywayne Thomas at the UK premiere of Rise of the Footsoldier 4: Marbella. Photo Credit: Tom - © Rockstar Images
|Native name||Dywayne Thomas|
|🏫 Education||Identity School of Acting, British Action Academy, University of Hertfordshire, De Montfort University and Kingsway College.|
|🎓 Alma mater||University of the Arts London|
Actor and Producer in Worldwide
|📆 Years active||2016 - present|
|👔 Employer||Dywayne Thomas Ltd|
|Dywayne Thomas is a British film & television actor, film producer and martial artist born in London, England. He is a former Junior British Individual and Team Kata Champion, who represented the London Goju Ryu Karate team between 1987 and 1992.|
|Works||Notable works in the following film and television productions: Mia, Surveilled, Rise of the Footsoldier 4, DC's Pennyworth, IF, Ties of the Ribbon, Catalyst, Hello Au Revoir and Ted Bundy Had a Son.|
|🏡 Home town||London|
|💰 Net worth||Unknown|
|Television||Bodyguard, Pennyworth and Nazi Murder Mysteries.|
|Title||Doctor of Humane Letters|
|👩 Spouse(s)||Not known|
|❤️ Partner(s)||Not known|
|👴 👵 Parent(s)||Patricia Thomas (Mother), Winston Thomas (Father).|
|Honors||Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree, an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts degree|
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Thomas was born on May 17, 1977, in the City of London, England, to parents, Patricia Thomas and Winston Thomas, both of Caribbean, South American and African ancestry.
He was raised in Hackney and studied at Gayhurst Primary School, where he first became involved in acting. Television Presenter (and a longtime family friend) Jasmine Harman, also attended the same primary school as Thomas.
He later attended Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School in East London. He was in the same school year as professional footballer Darren Purse during his time at Cardinal Pole.
He likes to travel, paint and has a keen interest in Heraldry. He likes to travel, paint and has a keen interest in Heraldry. to travel, paint and has a keen interest in Heraldry. to travel, paint and has a keen interest in Heraldry.
Thomas began his acting career appearing in numerous dance & musical theatre performances at an early age. The most notable one being the 1986 production of "The Pied Piper" starring Sylvester McCoy at the Royal National Theatre, Southbank in London.
He briefly trained at the Identity School of Acting in Brixton and Gray's Inn, London. He also did his Screen Action training at the British Action Academy in Surrey, England.
He is currently preparing for his new supporting role of Mario Colombo in MIA. He also features in the SURVEILLED movie by RAYA Films and has a small part in Rise of the Footsoldier 4: Marbella, playing a Boxing Judge.
He has appeared in the following feature films: Hello Au Revoir, Catylist which is due for release next year. He also plays a part in the crime/horror project, “Ted Bundy Had a Son” and is also an Associate Producer for the docu-drama “Banned, Exploited & Blacklisted: The Underground Work of Controversial Filmmaker Shane Ryan, which includes Bai Ling, Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Kathryn Reeves Eastwood and Jonah Hill as part of the impressive cast.
Dywayne Thomas is a British Karateka, aspiring actor and a lover of great movies. He has a black belt in Karate and is a winner of multiple National, English and British Karate Championship awards. He is a former Junior British Individual and Team Kata Champion, who represented the Traditional Karate Association (TKA) London Goju Ryu team between 1987 and 1992.
In the early 1980s Thomas had commenced training on a daily basis in Judo from adolescence with a very distinguished teacher only to later on realise that it wasn't the right martial art for him. A few years later, in January 1985, he began learning Goju-ryu karate under the instruction of Shihan Chris Rowen, 7th dan, who was a 3rd dan Sensei at the time and also a student of Kaiso (Founder) Gogen Yamaguchi, 10th dan. Yamaguchi sadly passed away on May 20th, 1989. He is the founder of the International Karate-dō Gōjū Kai Association.
In 1987 Thomas was graded to Shodan (1st Dan) Junior Black belt by Shihan Chris Rowen. Shihan Rowen would occasionally invite special guest instructors over to train his students in Okinawan and Japanese Goju-Ryu Karate. Thomas would've also received specialist instruction from Gōjū Kai masters, Shihan Ingo de Jong of Sweden (Vice-President of the International Karate-do Goju Kai Association) and Saiko Shihan (Grand Master) Goshi Yamaguchi (8th Dan, Hanshi) of Japan, who is the current President of the International Karate-dō Gōjū Kai Association.
Thomas took a break from competing and training in 1992 to focus more on his academic studies. After a two year gap, in 1994, he returned to Karate training under the instruction of Shihan Vic Charles MBE where he was taught Wado-ryu Karate at the N-16 Fitness Centre, opened by Charles in 1992, in the heart of Stoke Newington, Hackney.
Since retiring from Karate competitions, Thomas has endured a brief stint in the British Army as a Signaller, worked in the private security industry as a Close Protection Operative and Media Security Advisor. He is currently focusing on his acting and filmmaking career.