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Genie genius Gareth Thomas to star in Aladdin

Former Welsh rugby player to make British pantomime debut this Christmas
Gareth Thomas in costume as the Genie in Aladdin
Photo by Paul Fisher

Hunky gay role model Gareth Thomas is making wishes come true this Christmas, starring as the genie in a pantomime production of Aladdin.

The out and proud former Welsh rugby star will be polishing his lamp and flexing his acting skills, among other things, especially for the traditional British festive show at the Stiwt Theatre in Wrexham.

'I am never one to back away from a challenge and try something new,' said Thomas.

'So when I was offered this opportunity I thought it was too good to turn down.'

He added: 'Having played rugby in Wrexham for two years it will also be a good opportunity to catch up with old friends in the area.

'I hope we can encourage as many people as possible to get behind it and come and see me in costume.'

Thomas was one of the very few openly gay active professional athletes in the world before announcing his retirement from his sport last fal. He said he could no longer give his full commitment to the game.

Thomas was voted the most influential gay person in the UK and received Stonewall’s hero of the year award in 2010.

There are plans to makes a feature film of Thomas's life with Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke as star. There have been conflicting reports in recent months over whether Rourke, 59, was still attached to the project.

But no new star has been announced although actor Tom Hardy's name has been floated.

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