Was Antonia Thomas’ Boyfriend Michael Shelford a lensman? A Look at the ‘Misfits’ Star’s Love Life

Antonia Thomas' boyfriend Michael Shelford a lensman

Some rumors have circulated concerning English actress Antonia Thomas’ dating life, fueled primarily by some of her own Instagram posts.

We’re trying to figure out if she has a boyfriend in real life.

Antonia Thomas, Who is She?

With performances in programs such as Lovesick, The Good Doctor, and Misfits, the London native has created quite a reputation for herself in the entertainment industry. She is also well-known for providing the Narrator’s voice in Teletubbies.

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Thomas’s boyfriend traveled with her regularly

Thomas hasn’t bluntly divulged anything about her private relationships on social media – she hasn’t claimed she’s single, nor has she recently confessed to having a partner.

There is evidence, however, that she was in a relationship in 2018. In her November 2018 interview with The Scotsman, which focused on her experiences staying in Vancouver while filming The Good Doctor, the actress stated that she enjoyed working and traveling between Canada and the UK with her actor and photographer partner, who frequently traveled back and forth with her.

Antonia Thomas's secret boyfriend
She hasn’t claimed she’s single (source: Twitter)

Her Actor-Photographer Partner’s Similarities to Michael Shelford

Let’s compare that knowledge to the rumors swirling about her relationship with Michael Shelford, a photographer, and actor.

Michael Shelford is an actor and photographer, according to his IMDb page and Instagram. He is also the same person who was credited for her photographs that appeared in The Scotsman interview that we described earlier.

But the main reason his name comes up regularly when discussing Thoma’s personal life is that her admirers have seen him frequently highlighted on her Instagram.

Those photos of the couple gave many people the notion that they were having a love relationship.

And there’s more. Thomas used to insert complex and goofy captions on the photos of Shelford.

For example, in a 2015 post featuring him, she titled it, “Ahhh such cute doggy Kiss.”

Similarly, she captioned the accompanying photo, which showed the photographer posing with a camera, “caught doing what he does best.”

On July 10, 2016, Thomas was seen standing with Shelford, dressed in a white gown, at a wedding.

The actress also shared a screenshot of them on Facetime in another post. On August 9, 2017, Shelford posted a photo of herself holding a cat with the caption “Celebrating International Cat Day on FaceTime…”

This, however, has ceased for some time. Thomas has not been mentioned in any of her Instagram postings since February 2019.

However, the similarities between the partner indicated in The Scotsman interview and Michael Shelford strongly suggest that he could have been her lover back then.


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Does Antonia Thomas Date in 2016?

She told Paste magazine in 2016 that she was a direct and open person in real life. She also hinted that, unlike her Lovesick role, she was neither too emotional nor reactive to her loved ones, including her “lover.”

I’m the polar opposite! When I have a problem, I talk about it. I’m open and honest with my friends, family, and partner. If I need to work through something, I’ll talk about it. That piqued my interest as a character attribute and a mindset to cultivate.

Thomas’s character suggests that, depending on the circumstances, she may easily refrain from sharing her personal life in public.

Including Rumors of a Co-Star, Previous Relationships with Thomas

Even though Thomas has never publicly revealed the identity of her partner, she has become the subject of an industry dating myth.

She was heavily linked with Iwan Rheon, her co-star in the series Misfits when she worked on it. This was over a decade ago, and nothing came of the rumor.

According to Amomama, the allegations faded down once Thomas confirmed that she had a boyfriend. However, the publication provides no substantiation for the “boyfriend” claim.

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