Adam Thomas, 31, his non-identical twin brother Scott, 31, and other sibling Ryan, 35, embarked on an epic adventure to track down their heritage in a brand new documentary, Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai. The Thomas brothers travelled to India where they meet up with their dad Dougie, a soul singer who was absent for years of their lives.
My dad left us for years when we were younger and then he came back into our lives and we never really talked about it
The three famous brothers grew up in Manchester, but after their parents split shortly after Adam and Scott were born, Dougie and their mother Gail didn’t have contact for years.
Ryan said: “The first time they were together again was for my 21st birthday, but my dad had to be on one side of the room and my mum on the other.”
Speaking to Star TV mag, Adam, revealed: “My dad left us for years when we were younger and then he came back into our lives and we never really talked about it.”
“There were a lot of unanswered questions, which we touched on and I The think we needed to. It got quite emotional.”
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Scott added: “It was unbelievable – we’ll never get that again. Even just three sons, as adults, spending time with their dad, is rare.
“Also my dad is 72 now, but he’s quite an old 72, he’s lived his life, so in a way we all saw this as our last little journey with our dad, which is quite sad, but it was so special.”
But despite their absent father, the boys have done alright for themselves.
Adam found fame in teen hit Waterloo Raod and Emmerdale, before joining the I’m A Celebrity spun-off show as a presenter following his stint in the jungle.
Ryan starred in Coronation Street and various reality TV shows where Scott also appeared in the 2016 instalment of Love Island.
Until now however, the band of brothers had never worked together, despite their endless TV appearances.
It was only until recently that they learned the extent of their Indian heritage.
The doc saw the trio find long-lost relatives of their grandad Nolan (on their dad’s side), who emigrated to Britain from India in 1947, and settled in Manchester.
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His three grandsons were unaware that he had left an extended family behind, and the month-long trip enabled the family from different parts of the world finally get the chance to get to know each other.
Nolan had been a journalist for The Times of India before he moved across the globe, and the trio recognised his sacrifice while retracing his footsteps in his home country.
Ryan, who has just welcomed a new baby boy with TOWIE’s Lucy Mecklenburgh, insisted it was important for the lads to honour their grandfather, after hearing a lot about him from their dad.
He explained: “He always referred to his dad as his hero. And the moment it hit him was when he went to where our grandad went to school.
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“I said, ‘Dad, this is the exact same playground that your dad played in when he was a child.'”
But the six-part ITV series, which was filmed last year, saw them travel from chaotic Mumbai to the beaches of Goa and the trip clearly made a lasting impression on the boys who had no idea about the extent of their heritage.
Scott said: “We knew that our grandad was from India but literally we had no other information, like, that was it.
“My dad didn’t know. He’d never been to India either.”
Absolutely India: Mancs In Mumbai airs Wednesday’s at 8pm on ITV.
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