Perhaps known best for his role as Paul Joyner on the BBC One's Casualty, Thorp also appeared on Law and Order: UK and Coronation Street. In addition, he had a successful career as a stage actor, starring in David Hare's The Blue Room and playing a small character role in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
During his early years, he performed with both the National Youth Theatre and the the Musical Youth Theatre Company in his native England. He went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
A voice actor for audiobook projects, he contributed to a number of recordings of Doctor Who series novels.
Before ending in divorce, his marriage to Samantha Thorp resulted in two children.
He and Samia Ghadie co-starred on Coronation Street and, in 2011, were reportedly involved in an off-screen romance.