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Y&R Alum Matthew Atkinson is B&B’s New Thomas Forrester

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A familiar face to the CBS Daytime family has been cast as the new Thomas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.  The on-screen son of Ridge and Taylor last played by Pierson Fodé, will make his way back to the screen in the form of Matthew Atkinson (Ex-Austin, The Young and the Restless).

According to Soap Opera Digest, Atkinson will make his debut on BOLD on the March 14th episode.

What viewers last knew of Thomas was that he was living in New York with Caroline and their son.

On Y&R, Atkinson played the role of Austin Travers a cameraman and photographer who kidnapped Avery, shot Paul Williams and was romantically involved with Summer Newman.

So, what do you think of Matthew as the new Thomas Forrester? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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  1. Damien

    February 11, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Was hoping josh would find a way to bring him back from the dead on y n r!
    Oh well. Y n r s loss is b n bs gain.
    Cant wait to watch him

    • Bart

      February 11, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      The character has been LONG GONE from “Y & R” – it was an ill-conceived character at best…

  2. James R. Poissant

    February 11, 2019 at 11:31 am

    They do manage to keep the same look of the character whenever they recast him.

    • Hal

      February 20, 2019 at 10:18 pm

      This particular one looks younger, similar, but younger.

  3. Toscanti

    February 11, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    He’s a good actor, I’m not sold on his taking over the role of Thomas Forrester. Pierson Fodé will be a tough act to follow. I’ll keep an open mind.

    • Kevin C

      February 11, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Yes, will be a tough act to follow for Pierson was my favorite Thomas…

  4. Emily

    February 11, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Awesome. I loved Pierson so much and was worried I would be disappointed on the newbie. I’m very excited. Loved Matthew on YR. Congrats to him! Can’t wait to see him and the next Thomas storyline. Bored with the whole stolen baby one lol 🙂

  5. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    February 11, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Bad choice. Bad, bad choice. I was not sold on him as Austin, and I doubt I’ll be sold on him as Thomas. Am hoping TPTB push Brad Bell out of his positions, and get someone in there who can properly work a 30-minute soap opera. Hollyoaks is the prime example of how to properly run a 30-minute soap opera without running into a continuous spin of love triangles, etc.

    • Hal

      February 20, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      Brad Bell seems intent on keeping that old played out Ridge-Brooke-Taylor triangle with Liam, Hope, and Steffy, good lord, the man needs to put that thing to rest for once and for all and move to something different, and not dead babies different either! The same old tired triangle storyline and the endless recaps are getting to be too much! They will literally open a scene with the characters recapping what the viewers just saw in the previous scene, like they’re airing it for Alzheimer’s patients! Needs fresh content!

    • BakerMom

      April 19, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      Agreed. Acting is one note.

      • Bells

        June 7, 2019 at 10:56 pm

        Seconded. Terrible, self conscious, squinty.

  6. Jimmy

    February 11, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Well this was a surprise! But a very welcomed one. Matthew was great on Y&R, even if his character wasn’t. He certainly has the look to play Thomas, and the acting chops. I just hope they have an actual story planned for Thomas, and don’t do what they did to Ingo Rademacher. B&B needs to refocus on it’s core characters and trim the fat of ones like Reese, Florence and Zoe. Rick & Thorne should both be in front-and-center story instead of recurring status, and they should bring back Felicia and Bridget.

    • Violet Lemm

      February 21, 2019 at 10:44 am

      I am sure they will be using Thomas to break up Sally and Wyatt. I hope Sally tells him where to shove it, after the way he left her to go to NY to be with his ex twit, whom we are putting up with now on Days. I liked this guy though, and felt sorry for him, to have to put up with with Summer.

  7. Michael Teale

    February 11, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Interesting selection to say the least.

  8. Mark Y

    February 11, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    He’s got the right look. Just hope they give him a real story to play.

    • Momo

      February 12, 2019 at 5:15 am

      Yes, and not join Thorne in the basement.

  9. Momo

    February 12, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I liked him on Y&R. I wonder what Thomas will be up to now.

  10. stevie g

    February 13, 2019 at 5:57 am

    My favorite Thomas was Drew Tyler Bell. I wish they would bring him back. Although I approve of this new choice of actor, hopefully B&B will give Matthew a better role than Y&R did. It’s just amazing that he is now the fourth actor to play an adult Thomas. I think the only other B&B character to have four portrayers is Thorne, but that was over a much longer period of time.

    • paul_mcpane

      February 13, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      I was hoping for new blood not a new relative. I want a man for Steffy and not so many babie s. They need not looking young m en, someone else besides boring Liam and Wyatt.

    • Hal

      February 20, 2019 at 10:29 pm

      Yes! Drew Tyler Bell was the most authentic

      • stevie g

        February 28, 2019 at 5:41 am

        For sure Hal.

  11. Barbara from Atlanta

    February 14, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    For any veteran ATWT viewers………..

    I’ve always thought Atkinson bears a strong resemblance to Ed Fry, the actor who played ATWT’s Larry McDermont (one of Susan Stewart’s ex-husbands and the father of Allison Stewart). Fry easily could play this guy’s dad.

  12. Lucine DerHagopian

    March 18, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Do not like the new Thomas Forrester

    • Chris

      April 6, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      This guy is awful!! Bring Pierson back please!! Otherwise I’m fast forwarding whenever he’s on scteen. Did not think he acted well on young and restless!

      • Stephen

        May 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

        He is horrible and the whole storyline is even worse. That is not how Thomas acts. Definitely feels like a forced storyline that was not developed very well.

        • Maggie

          May 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm

          Agreed. He’s awful.

      • Renee Wright

        November 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm


  13. Donna Searcy

    March 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    NO! NO! NO!!!! Not this guy as NEW THOMAS FORRESTER.

  14. Kimberly Jacobson

    May 4, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Absolutely the worst recast as Thomas Forrestor. He was ok in Y & R’s Austin roll, but this is simply painful to watch. He has no depth of character, no chemistry with anyone. Sorry, I hate to say negative things but it is hard to watch him with anyone. Nice looking fella but not even close to as good as the last actor.

  15. Lynn Lundy

    May 6, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I hate the new Thomas.lousy actor whimpy looking guy.

  16. ALI

    May 21, 2019 at 11:51 pm


  17. Rhonda

    May 22, 2019 at 10:52 am

    He is so creepy

  18. Vivienne Triscott

    May 27, 2019 at 12:59 am

    I don’t think he is right for the roll I love the B&B

  19. Vivienne Triscott

    May 29, 2019 at 9:22 am

    When is Hope going to find out about her Baby it has gone on to long . I never miss looking at the B&B my favourite TVShow.

  20. C White

    June 1, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Not a fan…
    does nothing for the role at all…. helping me to hate Thomas though.


    June 7, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t like him!

  22. Bells

    June 7, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Horrible actor! Being dark haired and good looking is not enough, you have to be able to act for heaven’s sake. Casting decisions in recent years have been seriously questionable, it’s a shame and BATB is becoming a parody of a soap.

  23. Tired

    June 28, 2019 at 11:13 am

    The new Thomas is AWFUL! He sucked on YnR and is worse on TBTB. This storyline is so BAD. I fast forward through all of Thomas n Hope’s scene now. About to scrape watching at all! Time for new material.

  24. Angry in N.Y.

    July 17, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Every time he comes on the screen I think about giving up watching the show. This whole baby thing is getting ridiculous too. How long is this going to be dragged out, until the baby is grown?? I don’t believe that Ridge gives a carp about Hope’s happiness, he just wants her out of the way for his daughter Steffy. Loosing all respect for him too.

  25. Larry J Graves

    July 18, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    He doesn’t fit the part. Just to creepy.

    • Susan

      August 21, 2019 at 11:59 am

      I agree! Creepy! So sick of looking at him without his shirt! Such a strange replacement. Hope they write him off or replace him.

  26. Renee Wright

    November 4, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Matthew Atkinson is ruining B&B for me and alot if others. The story line is just offensive. I cant watch it now and did watch since the beginning.

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