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‘I’d love to be in a period drama – that’s my obsession. But being a mixed-race actress, there aren’t so many roles you’re right for. There are lots of period stories to be told with ethnic people in them, but the stories that are being told are not those ones. And that’s frustrating. No, it’s not an easy industry, but so far I have been lucky, so I will keep going.’ - Antonia Thomas

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Antonia Thomas To Play The Lead In ABC Pilot ‘Spark’
In-demand British actress Antonia Thomas has been tapped to play the lead in the ABC drama pilot Spark, from ABC Studios.
By Nellie Andreeva

Written by Michael Cooney, Spark is a lavish primetime drama series of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and Pin (Thomas), a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Thomas’ Pin is the smart, driven, fiercely independent young woman whose mission it is to bring back electricity to the masses no matter the cost.


This marks the U.S. television debut for Thomas, who fielded multiple offers for lead pilot roles this season, with ABC and ABC Studios particularly aggressive. 

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“We’re young. We’re supposed to drink too much, we’re supposed to have bad attitudes, and shag each other’s brains out. We are designed to party… We had it all. We fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful!