SIMON Thomas is a British television presenter who currently presents Premier League football on Sky Sports.
He and his son were left devastated last year after his beloved wife, Gemma, tragically passed away last year, just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. But what else do we know about him? Let’s get the lowdown…
INSTAGRAM/simonjthomassky Simon Thomas with his son Ethan
Who is Simon Thomas?
Simon was born in Cromer, Norfolk, on January 26, 1973 – that makes him 45.
Although Simon currently presents live Premier League football on Sky Sports, he’s also known for presenting Blue Peter from 1999 until 2005. He co-presented with Stuart Miles, Katy Hill, Konnie Huq, Matt Baker, Liz Barker and Zöe Salmon.
Simon joined Sky Sports in June 2005, presenting the 3-7pm shift on Sky Sports News.
He has also presented Cricket AM on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports News Cricket World Cup Report, the Mosconi Cup from Las Vegas, Sky Sports World Cup report from Cape Town in 2010 and Sky Sports News’s coverage of the 2010 Ryder Cup.
He became the lead presenter of Sky Sports’ live Football League coverage at the start of the 2010/2011 Football Season.
TWITTER/SIMON THOMAS Simon with his beloved wife Gemma, who sadly died last year
Who was Simon’s wife Gemma?
Simon has a son, Ethan, with his late wife Gemma Thomas – who he married in 2005.
Gemma sadly passed away on 24 November 2017, just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
Simon recently described his first birthday since losing his wife as “the unhappiest” of days in a poignant note to his son.
He wrote: “Today is going to be the unhappiest of birthdays for Daddy with Mummy no longer here.
“But, know this my dear boy. You make me so happy and I love you more than all the Lego in the world.”
He also revealed that Ethan was “missing mummy”.
In the note, Simon wrote: “I know last night you said you’re missing mummy so much – so is Daddy.
“But remember we’re in this together and #TeamThomas never gives up! Daddy xx”
Earlier in January, Simon revealed he is being helped though his grief by the kindness of a complete stranger, who sends him notes of encouragement.
He revealed: “A guy called Dan Ritchie, who I have yet to meet (but will) had seen my notes for Ethan and felt I needed some too, to encourage me and help me keep going when I feel like giving up.
“So he’s written me a daily note too – for every single day of the coming year! That’s #lightinthedarkness right there.”
Dawn French Has Not Quit Tv Or Comedy Amid False Rumours She Has ‘no Roles Lined Up’
DAWN French has hinted she’s quit comedy – as she has no roles lined up this year.
The 60-year-old star has become one of the nation’s best loved stars thanks to her work on The Vicar of Dibley and French and Saunders.
PA:Press Association Dawn French has hinted she has quit comedy
But her fans will be disappointed to hear Dawn isn’t as keen at being in front of the camera as she once was and wouldn’t care if she never acted again.
Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: “I do very little in front of the camera these days.
“I’ve got no desire to do jazz hands any more.
“I wouldn’t be sad at all if I never acted again.
Alamy Dawn is best known for her work on The Vicar of Dibley
Splash News The 60-year-old said she wouldn’t be sad if she never acted again
“In fact, when I get a script, my first thought is ‘Oh, I hope this is no good, because it’ll make it easier to say no’.”
However a representative for Dawn dismissed the notion Dawn had quit TV altogether, telling The Sun Online: “Little Big Shots started a new series on ITV last night and it’s already been announced that Delicious is returning to Sky One for a third series later this year.”
Dawn’s last foray into comedy was with TV partner Jennifer Saunders, with the pair recording a TV special last year to mark their 30th anniversary.
But Dawn revealed: “There are no immediate plans for more because we are booked up into next year.”
How Old Is Sinitta, When His Her Autobiography Coming Out, Who Was Her Husband Andy Willner And Did She Date Simon Cowell?
SINITTA is well known for her friendship with music mogul Simon Cowell.
But how did she become famous? And which movie star did she date? Here is what we know…
Rex Features Sinitta was an 80s pop star famed for hits like So Macho
Who is Sinitta? How did she become famous?
Sinitta, 54, is a singer who rose to fame in the 1980s after releasing a number of UK top 10 hits.
Her biggest songs to date are So Macho and Right Back Where We Started From.
Since then she has made her name in the UK TV industry through appearances on shows like Lorraine, Loose Women, The X Factor and This Morning.
She also competed on Dancing on Ice in 2010, I’m A Celebrity in 2011 and The Jump in 2014.
Sinitta recently appeared as the fashion expert on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.
Sinitta divorced husband Andy Willner in 2009 after seven years together. The couple has two adopted children, Magdelena, and Zac, together.
Getty Images – WireImage Sinitta is best friends with Simon Cowell
When is her autobiography coming out?
In December 2017, Sinitta confirmed to the Sun Online that she would be releasing a ‘juicy tell-all autobiography’:
“I have an album coming in the new year, really exciting- AND a book!
“So look out for that. It’s an autobiography. It’s really juicy and a long time coming, but it’s coming!”
The book doesn’t’ yet have an official release date but its working title is ‘Who Put The Sin in Sinitta?’
Eastenders’ Richard Blackwood Contemplated Suicide As He Hit Rock Bottom After Going Bankrupt
RICHARD Blackwood contemplated suicide as he hit rock bottom after going bankrupt.
The actor has revealed he lost hope after he was left jobless and penniless.
Richard Blackwood has said his final EastEnders scenes were his final scenes
Richard, 45, said work had dried up and he “lost everything” – and the pressure was almost too much to bear.
He told OK! magazine: “I had lost everything and I went bankrupt.
“After that I got blacklisted by the industry – no work was coming.
“Everybody turned against me.
BBC Richard Blackwood has hinted his EastEnders character could still be alive
“I’m such a strong person and looking back it’s hard to believe I was in that place. But it showed me that things can really accumulate and break you down.”
He has now made a huge career comeback after landing the role of Vincent in EastEnders, but he’s now moving on to new career opportunities after bowing out of the BBC One soap on Friday.
His exit came as his character Vincent was seen having a gun held to him by fake cop DI Alsworth.
And while viewers hoped the ambiguous scene meant Vincent survived, Richard has confirmed that he’s done with the show.
BBC Vincent decided not to be a police informant any more, but it was too late
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He told OK! that when they yelled cut on his final scene it was “a wrap for good”.
It comes after he hinted Vincent Hubbard could still be alive despite the cliffhanger ending.
The character had a gun pointed at him by fake cop DI Alsworth at the end of the episode, with Vincent appearing resigned to his fate before the screen went black and the famous ‘duff duffs’ began.
EastEnders’ Vincent Hubbard his held at gunpoint by fake cop, but will he die?
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