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Ryan Thomas ready for acting return

Ryan Thomas is ready to return to acting credit:Bang Showbiz
Ryan Thomas is ready to return to acting credit:Bang Showbiz

Ryan Thomas is ready to return to acting.

The 39-year-old star - who is best known for his 16-year stint as Jason Grimshaw in 'Coronation Street' - stepped back from his profession in 2021 to spend time with his family and pursue other ventures, but after winning 'Dancing On Ice' last weekend, he's ready to take advantage of the offers it has brought his way.

He told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: "Returning to acting is something I have been talking about.

“It is my trade after all, so I need to use that to the best of my advantage.

“There’s no definite role and it would all depend on what comes up but we’ll see what happens.”

The former 'Neighbours' actor - who has Scarlett, 15, with former girlfriend Tina O'Brien and Roman, three, and Lilah, 22 months, with fiancee Lucy Mecklenburgh - didn't expect 'Dancing On Ice' to be as "exhausting" as it was so he's planning a holiday to recover, though he insisted his partner deserves it more than he does.

He said: “I had no idea how mentally and physically exhausting it would all be.

“But the biggest hero is Lucy. She’s been home alone looking after two kids under four which arguably is much harder than what I was doing.

“I missed them all so much I can’t wait to go on holiday and spend some quality family time together.”

However, Ryan suggested he still has no plans to tie the knot with the former 'TOWIE' star, almost five years after they got engaged.

He joked: “Lucy turned up to 'DOI' the other week in what looked like a wedding dress.

“I think it was a hint to me but we have got to stop having children first so they can walk down the aisle with us.

“We are engaged and I did put a ring on her finger but we keep having children.

“There’s still no date in the diary so stop reminding her.”