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Thomas John Law (born 17 December 1992) is an English actor. He is the fourth actor to play Peter Beale in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. He took over from James Martin on 31 August 2006 on a temporary contract and, since turning 16, was offered a full-time contract with the soap.[1] He left on 24 December 2010, and later the character was recast. The role was given to Ben Hardy in June 2013.

Thomas Law
Thomas Law
Born (1992-12-17) 17 December 1992 (age 26)
Years active2005–present
TelevisionEastEnders (2006–2010)


Early and personal lifeEdit

Thomas John Law was born in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire to Trish and Robert Law. He has two sisters. Law also has family in Australia and in Dorset. Starting professional work as a child, he has been modelling since the age of four and appeared in four episodes of Casualty (airing in 2005). Law attended Chancellor's School in Brookmans Park, which fellow actor Vinnie Jones also attended. In terms of sports, Law is a supporter of Leicester City.[2] His hobbies include golf, football and cricket, as well as soprano singing and running.[3]

Acting careerEdit

In 2007 and 2008, Law took part in Children In Need. With the cast of EastEnders, he recorded The Beatles song "A Little Help from My Friends" (2007), Songs From West End Musicals (2008), and Motown Hits (2009). Other notable charity work has included playing at the Alan Ball Memorial Cup in 2007, the opening of the kitchens at the University Hospitals of Leicester, and the turning on of the Christmas lights two years running in Brookman's Park in his hometown of Potters Bar.

In December 2007, Law was invited to Luton & Dunstable Hospital by his aunt, who works there. He spent time with children who had to stay at the hospital over Christmas. During the visit, Law saw youngsters in all three of the L&D's children's wards. He stopped frequently to chat with them, take pictures and chat, as well as signing autographs. After the event hospital spokesman Barry Mayes said: "[Law] gave a big chunk of his time. He was very pleasant, mature and humble, and really homed in on the children and how they were feeling."[4] In February 2010, Law attended a fundraising event along with other members of the EastEnders cast to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The event took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.[5] Law also appeared at a charity concert called: "Top Hat at the Palladium" on 18 July 2010 (part of Top Hat Stage & Screen School).[citation needed]

In November 2010 it was announced that Law would be leaving EastEnders at the end of the year; he was preparing to make his stage debut in Peter Pan.[6]

In April 2014, Law made a guest appearance in Casualty as patient, Sean Starky.[7]

In 2015 he toured the UK in the play Beautiful Thing alongside Charlie Brooks and Sam Jackson.

In 2016 he acted in A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits, playing Reed West.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Casualty Matt Haddon

4 episodes

2006–10 EastEnders Peter Beale Series regular (231 episodes)
2007–09 Children in Need Himself
2013 Sadie J[8] Callum
2013 The World's End Young Gary King
2014 Casualty[9] Sean Starky

1 episode

2015 Unhallowed Ground Daniel "Danny" Gordon Feature film
2016 A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits Reed West Direct to video

Theatre creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Peter Pan[10] Peter Pan Shown at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester


  1. ^ "EastEnders actor Thomas Law offered a full-time contract". Nathan Kay's Online Blog / The Daily Mail. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
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  3. ^ "We're proud of them all". Herts24. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2007.
  4. ^ "EastEnders dose for L&D kids". Natalee Hazelwood / lutontoday. December 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  5. ^ "BBC — Eastenders stars fundraising for Haiti at the Ricoh". BBC Online. BBC. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  6. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (22 November 2010). "Soaps — News — Is Peter Beale leaving 'EastEnders'? - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Casualty (2014)". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Sadie J". BBC. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Casualty (2014)". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Peter Pan(2010)". Retrieved 9 January 2011.

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