EMMERDALE fans were left heartbroken when much-loved character Gerry Roberts was killed off back in 2018.
But luckily for fans of soap actor Shaun Thomas – it wasn't to be his last appearance on screen as he headed off to Hollywood.
Shaun, 24, who played Gerry in Emmerdale from 2017, was murdered at the hands of his former friend and cellmate Lachlan White.
He became a firm favourite after striking up a friendship on screen with Liv Flaherty – but sadly his storyline took a devastating twist.
Gerry was murdered by Lachlan after he found out that the teen orchestrated his mum Chrissie and grandad Lawrence's deaths.
While fans were left devastated at the time by his departure from the soap, it hasn't stopped Shaun's career going from strength to strength.
From major Hollywood roles to a stint in a different soap, here's where the actor has been since he left ITV screens.
MOVING ON FROM GERRY
Shaun was left "shocked and upset" about Gerry being killed off such a short time into his stint on the much-loved soap.
But he revealed his stint was much longer than originally anticipated, as he was only due to appear in two episodes on joining the cast.
Having filmed the prison scenes with Lachlan, Shaun explained at the time that he ended up staying for 18 months as a new character.
He confessed: "It were a shock because I was only meant to come here for two episodes in the prison scenes with Lachlan, and then I ended up staying here for a year and a half.
"So I really got used to being around everybody and making a connection with everybody. And then to be told that it would be coming to an end, it were pretty upsetting."
The star added that he would've stayed on the show if he could've, but sadly his character wasn't given the chance at the long-haul.
TO THE RED CARPET
Before Emmerdale, the actor was well-known for roles in his teenage years including Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
He played Dylan, a teenage beatboxer, alongside Judi Dench, Samuel L Jackson and Asa Butterfield in a star-studded cast.
Shaun's acting career continued to blossom after Emmerdale, picking up a role in coming-of-age comedy series Ladhood.
He portrayed Tom Cragg in twelve episodes of the show from 2019 to 2021, regularly promoting his role in the show on his social media.
This year, Shaun also starred in drama film Ali & Ava – which is due to be released next year – as Callum, the son of one of the leading roles.
It's not the only film he's been in, having acted in The Brothers Grimsby and The Selfish Giant, as well as crime drama WPC 56.
The star also appeared in another soap – going on to appear in an episode of BBC drama Casualty as Bruno Wilding earlier this year.
SCOOPING UP AWARDS
Shaun's TV and film credits are one thing to note his talent – but his list of awards is another, noting his incredible acting ability.
He was commended as the Best Supporting Actor in 2014 at the Film Club's The Lost Weekend for his role in The Selfish Giant.
While he also picked up an award for Best British Newcomer at the London Film Festival alongside Conner Chapman.
Shaun has also been nominated for three other awards for his performance in The Selfish Giant, which was broadcast on Film4.
CELEBRITY PALS AND COSTARS
Along the way, Shaun has made a number of celebrity friends – especially in the form of his soap co-stars from Emmerdale.
Many of the Emmerdale stars follow him on Twitter, including Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle, and Amy Walsh, who plays Tracy Metcalfe.
His former on-screen best friend Liv Flaherty – played by Isobel Steele – also still follows the star on his various forms of social media.
Shaun's fellow stars are frequently full of compliments for his acting skills, too – with James Hooton, who plays Sam Dingle on Emmerdale, leaving him a heartfelt message when he left the show.
"Real shame to lose a charismatic young talent like Shaun Thomas, a joy to work with and fun to be around!" he wrote to Twitter.
"I look forward to watching his career soar onwards and upwards! Needs to work on his tracking back at football though…" he added.
Former Emmerdale star Adam Thomas, who used to play Adam Barton, congratulated Shaun on his performance and also wished him well.
"The world is yours, congratulations on everything you've achieved so far my man," he wrote. "Now the fun begins! Wish you all the best."
While Coronation Street star Andy Whyment was also left devastated by Gerry's soap death – saying he was "gutted" to wave goodbye to him.
Emmerdale airs weekdays on ITV at 7pm
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