Emmerdale Arthur stars life away from soap – real age, show break and family

Alfie Clarke is well known to TV viewers as Emmerdale's Arthur Thomas.

The actor, 15, has been in the much-loved ITV soap since 2009, when he was just two years old.

His character is the son of the late Ashley Thomas (John Middleton) and Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) and has been involved in several plots over the years.

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And Arthur recently wowed fans with an emotional coming out scene as he opened up about being gay.

But how much do we known about actor Alfie's life when he is not working on the soap?

Family life

Alfie lives in West Yorkshire with his parents, brother and sister and attends a theatre school.

The teenager's mum Fiona is clearly super proud of her son and regularly shares little snippets on Twitter.

This week she tweeted a moving clip from Arthur's coming out episode, which saw him spelling out the words "I am gay" in a game of Hangman.

"Proud of my boy," she wrote.

Real age

Alfie and his alter ego Arthur are actually very close in age.

The character Arthur was meant to be born in August 2007, so he is now 15.

And in real life Alfie was born in November 2007 so they are just a couple of months apart.

Last month the star's mum shared a sweet snap of him posing in a pair of sunglasses as he celebrated his birthday.

"15 today!" she wrote, with a string of balloon emojis.


Arthur's onscreen dad Ashley was at the centre of a hard-hitting dementia storyline a few years back and died on screen in 2017.

Behind the scenes, Alfie wanted to do his bit to fundraise for the cause.

The actor, who was only nine at the time, decided to take on a sponsored swim in aid of the Alzheimer's Society and raised more than £5,000 for the organisation.

His dad Paul posted on his JustGiving page after the swim: "Alfie completed his swim this morning at Huddersfield Leisure Centre. He managed to complete a massive 46 lengths.

"Thank you to everyone for your support. Alfie is thrilled to have raised so much money for the Alzheimer's Society."

Awards and soap break

Alfie's performance in the soap has got him noticed both by fans and at awards ceremonies.

He has picked up a few gongs for his portrayal of Arthur, including a Best Young Actor prize at the Inside Soap Awards in 2017.

In 2018 he won Young Achiever Of The Year at the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Alfie left viewers gobsmacked when he returned to our screens last year after a short break from the soap.

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Arthur was last seen before the soap in 2020 was forced to shut down due to the pandemic

After a few months away from our screens, viewers noticed Alfie appeared to have grown a lot and Arthur looked different.

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