Ryan Thomas was born in Manchester on 10th June 1984 and went to the same school as Simon Gregson and Nicholas Cochrane (although some ten years after). He has younger twin brothers, one of who is also an actor.
He made his debut in the programme on Christmas Day 2000 as part of a storyline to build up a family around the newly-established character of Eileen Grimshaw, with Ryan playing her elder son, Jason. Ryan left the role of Jason in June 2016.
He started dating co-star Tina O'Brien - who played his estranged wife Sarah Platt in 2004 and on 26th October 2008 she gave birth to their daughter, Scarlett Jacqueline Thomas. The couple have since separated and have joint custody of their daughter.