With Thomas Forrester coming back to the canvas at THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, some fans might need a bit of a refresher on why he left in the first place, or even more about the character’s past history. Which is where we come in! After a series of child actors, Drew Tyler Bell was the first adult actor to play Thomas, debuting in 2004. In 2010, he was replaced with Adam Gregory, and in 2015, Pierson Fodé stepped into the role for a couple years. He last appeared in the spring of 2018, and now B&B has announced Matthew Atkinson is taking over, making his debut on March 15, 2019.
Thomas was born in 1998 to Taylor Hayes, and though she initially claimed Thorne Forrester was the babydaddy, she eventually confessed to Ridge Forrester that he was the boy’s father. His childhood wasn’t exactly easy, with his baby sister, Steffy Forrester, kidnapped and presumed dead, and then his mother dying after being shot by Sheila Carter. Little Thomas also wasn’t thrilled when Brooke stepped in as a mother figure.
Once an adult, things got even more complicated. Thomas got involved with Forrester intern Caitlin Ramirez, but broke it off when he discovered she was also seeing Rick. He found comfort with Amber Moore, who his family did not approve of. Amber’s scheming put an end to that relationship and Thomas briefly got back together with Caitlin before romancing Gabriela Moreno.
Thomas was thrilled to learn that his mother, Taylor, was really alive. He also attempted to become a designer at Forrester, but when Eric turned him down, Thomas took Sally Spectra’s job offer. Thomas married Gaby in Las Vegas to keep her from being deported, which upset his parents. Ultimately, even though Taylor had helped Gaby to become a U.S. citizen, the young marrieds came to the understanding that their marriage was a mistake and had it annulled. Thomas left town to attend college and later work for Forrester International.
Returning for his sister, Phoebe’s, funeral, Thomas blamed Rick for her death and torched his house and blew up his car! After Ridge and Brooke reunited, Thomas left again for Paris. He came home again in 2010 to find Steffy in charge of Forrester. He developed his own fashion line, “Taboo,” working with Brooke and stirring up publicity by kissing her on stage at a fashion show! However, he soon began to develop actual feelings for Brooke which made things awkward for everyone involved.
When Brooke and Thomas were flying to Sydney, their plane went down and they were stranded on a deserted island. They ate some berries which were not poisonous, but which did cause them to have hallucinations. After they were rescued, Thomas lied that they had sex in exchange for Taylor’s controlling interest in Forrester, but he eventually confessed the truth. His new girlfriend, Dayzee Leigh, was disgusted with her beau and dumped him.
Thomas had a romance with Hope Logan, and even proposed, but she turned him down because she still had feelings for Liam. And when he later admitted to scheming with Steffy to keep her and Liam apart, Hope kicked him to the curb. He then romanced Caroline Spencer, which made Rick jealous. After Thomas was named interim CEO of Forrester, a frustrated Rick picked a fight and in the heat of the moment, Thomas pushed him out a window! Horrified, Caroline broke up with Thomas, but it wasn’t quite over between them.
Following Stephanie’s death, Eric arranged a fashion showdown to determine the president of Forrester, and Thomas was furious when he lost to Rick. When the company started going downhill, Thomas offered some idea to steer it back on track, but Eric turned them down. He and Caroline tried to sabotage Rick, but the Hope For the Future line turned out to be a massive success. Frustrated, Thomas moved to Paris in 2013.
Thomas returned to Los Angeles for another funeral, this time his cousin, Aly Forrester's. He got a job on the design team at Forrester and found himself drawn to Caroline, who was currently in a relationship with his father. When Ridge didn’t want children, a devastated Caroline found comfort with Thomas. He slept with her, not realizing that she was drunk and high from anti-anxiety pills. Caroline reconciled with Ridge and they married, but after she discovered she was pregnant, he revealed he’d had a vasectomy, making Thomas the babydaddy. Ridge was furious, but claimed paternity for himself to cut out his son.
Thomas had a brief flirtation with Ivy, but after Douglas' birth, Ridge finally told Thomas the truth that he was the boy’s father. Thomas assured Caroline he would keep the secret if he could still be a part of his child’s life, but eventually, the truth came out and Ridge and Caroline split. Thomas and Caroline moved to New York with their son, but after they broke up, he returned to L.A.
Frustrated with his status at Forrester, Thomas was more than happy to work with the young Sally Spectra on her attempt to revive Spectra Fashions. Business soon became pleasure and they started a real romance, but then Caroline returned to town with Douglas. Thomas resisted her attempts to reunite until he learned from Bill that she was dying (a lie he’d cooked up to get Thomas to stop funding Sally’s business). He agreed to leave town to spend Caroline’s last days with her and their son.
Thomas returned to Los Angeles having learned the truth that Caroline wasn't really dying, and rekindled things with Sally. He also briefly found himself a suspect in Bill's shooting, but persuaded Sally to come back to New York with him. Unfortunately, she returned a bit later to reveal they's split up when Thomas went back to Caroline and their son.
Unfortunately, the next time Thomas came home it was to reveal that Caroline had died unexpectedly! He and son Douglas found comfort grieving with their family, and especially with Hope, who has bonded with the little boy. Taylor would love to see Thomas steal Hope away from Liam so he could be with Steffy again, but is Thomas even thinking about romance? Stay tuned to see how his story continues, and for more B&B news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!