Tom Phelan
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Born: Pasadena, California
Character: Cole
Occupation: Actor
Years Active: 2014-present

Tom Phelan is an American actor.

He portrayed Cole on the ABC Family  series, The Fosters.

Early lifeEdit

After years spent acting with a local theater company, Tom Phelan’s affinity for the craft was obvious to his mother, who informed him of an audition for ABC Family’s popular show The Fosters. He landed the part of Cole, whose foster-kid hardships were amplified by the struggle of being a transgender teen. In the fall of 2015, Tom returned to his stage roots for his first Off-Broadway play, Hir.



  • Tom has parents who are supportive of his trans identity, unlike the character he plays on the show.
  • His father is Tony Phelan, an Emmy-nominated American screenwriter, producer, and director for programs like Grey's Anatomy and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
  • He resides in Los Angeles, according to his Twitter account.
  • Tom is a trans guy, meaning he was assigned female at birth, and now identifies as male. His pronouns are he/him/his/himself.


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