For a decade, Tom worked as a scaffolder, harbouring aspirations to work in comedy but seeing it as unrealistic. In 2009 when a friend got a job as a runner on Bo’ Selecta, they decided to get a camera and film some sketches of their own. When Leigh Francis saw the tape, he was immediately impressed by Tom’s performance and invited him to appear on the show. In the few years that followed, Tom built his reputation as a versatile comedy actor, appearing in shows such as Lemon La Vida Loca, The Morgana Show, Bad Education and Plebs.
In 2015, with that same friend, Tom co-created, wrote and starred in Murder in Successville. It was a hit, renewed for a second series in 2016 and opening up opportunities for him to appear in features. Tom brings his building site work ethic to his comedy, getting into the office early, saying “I can’t think of anything more exciting to get up for in the morning than comedy.” He encourages young people who feel like the industry is a closed door to get out and make their own things, adding “it’s free to make mistakes at the beginning, and that’s the only way you learn.”