Writer, Producer, Format Creator and Performer, Darcy Thomas is the embodiment of next generation talent.
Passionate about putting underrepresented young people from underserved backgrounds at the centre of the TV and the wider broadcast landscape, Darcy Thomas has built an exciting reputation for delivering cutting edge projects across a broad range of genres and platforms. His distinctive style allows him to bridge gaps between generations, cultures and classes, consistently creating exceptional content that authentically connects with the 16-30 demographic.
As a graduate of the highly esteemed Brit School, Darcy began his career working with industry trailblazers on content for BBC, Sky, Google & Channel 4. In 2014, Darcy was selected to be a part of Danny Cohen’s BBC Development Central, where he worked across departments to develop diverse and innovative content for television and online. In his first two years at the BBC, he assisted with various pilot projects to engage with young people, reported for BBC Newsbeat and the BBC World Service, assisted with the online strategy for BBC Three and was commissioned to launch the first ever BBC youth initiative in September 2015. He went on to be selected as a freelance creative producer at Maker Studios Disney, where he developed content and products for YouTube talent, brands and broadcasters.
In 2017, Darcy was appointed as Deputy Editor for Loaded Magazine where he developed content strategy and arranged branding deals and partnerships, whilst simultaneously working on social action projects grime4corbyn and grime4grenfell.
With phenomenal expertise within Black British music scene, Darcy has an extensive list of credits including docs like BBC’s ‘Bass Beats and Bars: The Story of Grime’ to launching and producing two series of the infamous Yo! MTV Raps brand. He was later approached by MTV to series produce his own spin off show Yo! MTV Rates, which allowed him to open doors for even more undiscovered talent. Following this, Darcy produced both a 6 hour special for the iconic British platform Channel U, as well as the Mental Health/Music Special for Channel4 The Whole Truth to launch World Mental Health day 2020.
Passionate about art, Darcy launched into the world in 2017, creating short film titled ‘#Refuchic’ for art duo, The Connor Brothers; which went viral. Catching the attention of Banksy and his team, Darcy was commissioned to make a short film for the artist’s Gross Domestic Product popup shop in Croydon, which currently features on Banksy’s social media accounts.
As a performer and on screen talent, Darcy has several credits as a BBC multi-media journalist and producer for beboxmusic, sourcing, writing, presenting and producing content to reflect and connect with youth pop culture. Creating docs like Has Grime Gone Global? covering live events like The BBC Grime Symphony, The Mobo Awards, Afropunk, Wireless, Notting Hill Carnival, Eskimo Dance and more. Further acting credits include Maverick Sabre & Chronixxx – Her Grace, Noel Clarke’s 4,3,2,1 and being part of the original cast of The Inbetweeners. He also performs on the Black British comedy circuit alongside the likes of London Hughes, Poet, Kojo, A Squeezy, Jazzie and many more.
In 2021, he was asked to become an official partner of The Martin Luther King Initiative, promoting diversity and equal opportunities within the creative industries and acted as Senior Creative Producer on both ITV2 format Peckham’s Finest and the YouTube Black campaign.