The show, The 100, is a science fiction drama that explores life after humanity faced an extinction level event that left just a couple thousand people on earth. The show is one of the best-reviewed shows on air and in its long roster of talented actors is Thomas McDonell, who starred on the show as Finn Collins.
Thomas McDonell has been acting for quite some time; he made his debut in 2008 and has made several appearances in a number of film or TV shows, including an appearance alongside martial art legends, Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the film, The Forbidden Kingdom.
Thomas McDonell is also a known musician and you can learn more about him, his music and his career as a whole by reading below.
Thomas McDonell’s Biography
Thomas was born on the 2nd of May, 1986 in Manhattan, New York to parents, Terry McDonell and Joanie McDonell. He was born as one of two children to the couple, with his only sibling being a brother, Nick.
Born to a father who is of Scottish and Swedish descent and a mother who is an Ashkenazi Jew, Thomas McDonell ultimately was raised in a family of creatives, as his father worked as an editor for magazines such as Sports Illustrated and GOLF Magazine, while his mother is also a writer.
While his brother followed in their parents’ steps to become a writer, he took the less traveled path of acting, starting from high school where he partook in school plays. After completing high school in 2003, he headed over to New York University where he studied and graduated with a degree in Theater.
He made his acting debut in 2008 and hasn’t looked back ever since, appearing in over 17 movies and TV shows. As mentioned earlier, he is also a musician, a member of the band, ‘Moon’ where he is the lead singer and guitarist. Along with his band, he has toured the country, playing at various venues. Thomas is also an artist who has had some of his work exhibited in and outside of the United States
Through acting, art, and music, Thomas McDonell has been able to maintain a successful creative career.
Acting Career – Movies And TV Shows
Thomas McDonnell was born into a family of creatives but while the majority of his family members have chosen to express their creativity via writing, Thomas has taken to the front of the camera to express his own as an actor. It all began in 2008 for the actor when he was cast as the young version of the character, Southie in the film, The Forbidden Kingdom, where he got a chance to star alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
His follow up project after his momentous debut came two years after in 2010 in the film, Twelve, where he played an unnamed character. In the same year, he played Eddie Boyle in the show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Since 2010, Thomas McDonell’s acting career began to experience steady growth, and in 2011, he was cast as a lead character in the film, Prom, playing the character, Jesse Richter. It was his only appearance in the year until 2012 when he was cast in Fun Size, Dark Shadows, and in the show, Suburgatory, where he had a four-episode arc playing Scott Strauss.
His most popular role yet as Finn Collins in The 100 began in 2014, starring on the show between 2014 and 2015 over the course of 22 episodes. In the same year, he also appeared in 10 Things I Hate About Life, The Devil’s Hand, I’m Obsessed with You.
More recently, Thomas McDonell has had recurring appearances in The Long Road Home as Spc Carl Wild, and guest appearances in Good Girls and LA to Vegas.
Other than being an actor, Thomas McDonell has also held other roles like being a director for two short films, Carf*cker, and The Flying Carsons: Part 1 – Hunter.
For fans of the actor who played Finn Collins in The 100, it would be nice to know that the actor is in a longterm relationship with a fellow actress, Jane Levy. The two have been in a relationship since October 2011.
His girlfriend, just like him, was also born into an artistic family with a father who is a musician and a mother who is an artist. She has starred in the show, Suburgatory and she attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. As far as we know, Thomas McDonell and Jane Levy are still together.