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Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas

Born in Swansea, South Wales, Edward had a keen interest in art and the theatre from an early age and in his teenage years he became a member of The West Glamorgan Youth Theatre.

He completed a foundation course with a distinction in Art at Swansea College of Art in 1989 and went on to graduate from Wimbledon School of Art with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in 3 Dimensional Theatre Design in 1992. His career in theatre began at the Royal Opera House as Assistant Designer on the production of ‘Turandot.

Edward was involved in various commercials before breaking into films. His first film experience was on the period feature – ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood, an adaptation of Charles Dickens unfinished detective story. With his new found passion for film Edward completed a further 12 feature films over a 6 year period, including historical, Sci-Fi and fantasy genres.  Mostly shot in South Africa, he gained extensive experience and expanded his reputation as a production designer.

On his return to Wales, he fulfilled his dream to work at home with Russell T Davies on ‘Doctor Who (Series 1-5) and the spin off series ‘Torchwood(Series 1-3), The ‘Sarah Jane Adventures and the pilot for ‘Sherlockfor the BBC. His reputation for creating new worlds took him back to South Africa in 2010 to work with Kudos on a British television science-fiction drama serial called 'Outcasts'.  He went on to work with World Productions on ‘United’ which explored the story of the Munich air disaster and then the BBC2 critically acclaimed police drama ‘Line of Duty’.

In 2012 Edward was instrumental in bringing Hollywood to his home city of Swansea with the historical fantasy drama series ‘Da Vinci’s Demons created by David Goyer for Starz TV. He assisted in setting up Swansea’s Bay studios and was co-producer and designer on seasons 1 to 3.  His next project was Set fire to the Starsthe Dylan Thomas biopic starring Elijah Wood. He also exec produced the documentary feature film Jack to a King the Swansea Story.’ In 2014 Edward was nominated for no less than 18 BAFTA Cymru nominations for his role in the fore mentioned productions. 

Edward consulted on the design of the ‘BadWolf’ studio in Cardiff and it was not long before Africa was calling again. He returned to work on several projects including, ‘Resident Evil - The Final Chapter with highly acclaimed director Paul W S Anderson on ‘The Escape Room for Sony pictures with Adam Robitel and producer Neal Moritz and YouTube Originals latest Sci-Fi thriller Series ‘Origin’. Re-united with Mr Anderson Edward has just completed a live action feature film entitled ‘Monster Hunter, the fantasy action thriller based on the game of the same name due for release in 2020.

He is currently (2019) shooting the sequel to ‘Escape Room’ in Cape Town.

Edward has received much recognition for his work: BAFTA Cymru and RTS Award nominations for Best Design and a National BAFTA nomination for Break-through Talent. In 2006, he won a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Design for his work on ‘Torchwood, and in 2010 Best Design for ‘Doctor Who – Waters of Mars’. In 2015 Edward won the BAFTA Cymru award for best design for his work on ‘Set Fire to the Stars’.  He also won the Arts and Culture Category of the IWA Inspire Wales Awards and won the top vote for the 2015 WalesOnline Arts Power List.

Edward has always been a great supporter of emerging talent and is a director of the training scheme 'Its My Shout'. He is Vice President and a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity St David. In 2019 Edward was made a professor of practice. When he is not creating other worlds around the world he resides in Swansea with his wife Nathalie and his daughters Nell and Macy.