Darcy Thomas (Mr Darcy) began his career in TV at the age of 17, playing the main role of "Jay" in the comedy pilot "Baggy Trousers", which later got commissioned to become E4's "The Inbetweeners”. He featured regularly in the hit comedy series (Series 1 & 3) and then went on to guest feature in Noel Clarke's Film "4,3,2,1".
Taking a step back from acting, Darcy noticed that there was a major disparity between the people we see on television and the people who watch it. He wanted to make a difference, so went on to establish his own organisation, which catered to putting more underprivileged young people from deprived backgrounds on TV.
He wrote, produced and directed his own award winning short films, one featured on the BBC network website, another was screened at the Vue Cinema, @ The indigo O2 and one also won him and his team the MTV "You Show Us" Award in 2009. He was then commissioned by various organisations and local authorities. He ran events, drama/dance classes, media workshops, provided young people with media resources and helped them to write business plans to become self employed.
2012 Saw the rise of Mr Darcy as on screen talent, when he toured the London comedy circuit with his improv based stand up comedy set - "I'M Mr DARCY". Performing on the Black comedy circuit with the likes of Kojo, Poets Corner, A squeezy, Jazzie, Slim and many more. He was then invited to attend the Edinburgh TV festival and was asked to perform at the Udderbelly by a few BBC Talent scouts. During this time he was a sponsored comedy journalist for LIVITY, writing a quarterly column for “Somewhere_To” & “Live Magazine”. He was then commissioned by The Shine Group to create two comedy pilots.
He did all of this whilst working at The Shine Group, developing comedy with Channelflip, Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Princess Productions where he utilised his writing, directing and producing skills to progress behind the camera. Being mentored by two comedy legends Pollyanna McGirr (Up The Creek Management) and Gary Reich (Brown Eyed Boy Productions) he created shows and pilots for the BBC, SKY, Google & Channel 4.
In 2014 Darcy was selected to be a part of Danny Cohen's, BBC Development Central, where he worked across departments to develop diverse and innovative content for Television and Online. In his first two years at the BBC, he assisted with various pilot projects to engage with young people, reported for on the Radio for BBC Newsbeat and BBC World Service, assisted with the online strategy for BBC Three and was commissioned to launch the first ever BBC Youth Initiative (in September 2015). The BBC Youth Initiative is an in-house R&D tool utilised to gain a diverse younger audience perspective on talent and the content created by the BBC (helping to fix the disparity which he noticed when he began in TV from the inside).
He is a freelance BBC multi-media Journalist and is also a reporter/producer for BeBoxMusic where he creates content reflecting youth and urban/pop culture. Darcy was also selected to be a creative producer at Maker Studio’s (a Disney company), where he develops content and products for YouTube talent, brands and broadcasters.