Tom Price is a toughened criminal who is fearless and strong, As such he is able to kill without remorse. Largely through his relationship with Anya, becomes quite loyal to the group. He is not a conventional team player as he is always willing to fight to ensure his comfortable place within it. Throughout the series, it has been hinted that he may have had a previous military background, which possibly may have had direct or indirect connections to his incarceration.
Tom was serving a sentence of at least twenty years for murder in HM Prison Wandsworth when the virus struck. He and the rest of the prisoners were isolated in their cellsunder orders from the Prison Governor, to try to prevent the virus spreading, but it was no good. Eventually he found himself alone with the last surviving prison officer, Gary Wilson; the other prisoners and prison officers, along with prison physician Dr. Colin Thompson (and, presumably, the briefly-mentioned but unseen Prison Governor), having all died. In spite of the fact that prison rules and regulations now no longer applied, Wilson refused to release Tom who, as far as he was concerned, was still a prisoner of Her Majesty's Government. Gary resented the fact that Tom had survived the virus, and was determined to do his duty and ensure that his prisoner served the remainder of his sentence. Tom escaped after killing Gary and made his way home, only to discover that his mother had died from the virus.
Tom is as ruthless and unpredictable as before. In Episode 1 he finds himself the leader of the Survivors in the city, faced with the seemingly insurmountable problem of rescuing his friends from a collapsed building. As the series progresses, he clashes with Greg as his past crimes and violent tendencies are questioned, culminating in his trial by Samantha. Throughout it all, Tom keeps one eye on an exit, and the other on Anya, hoping he can gain her affection. In episode 6, Tom is told to find Peter but as soon as he does and gets blamed by Peter & Whittaker, he is shot unconscouis. Tom manages to escape on Landry's plane leaving Anya to worry and force the rest of the family to help find him.
Maxton Gig Beesley J.R was born on 16th April 1971 in Manchester.
Beesley came to prominence with his first major acting role in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, a 1997 television mini-series based on the book of the same name.
He has starred in numerous roles both in the United Kingdom and the United States since this breakout role. In 2001, Beesley appeared opposite singer Mariah Carey in the film Glitter, a critical and commercial failure for which he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor and opposite Selma Blair in the film Kill Me Later. In Britain, he is best known as the star of the BBC Three medical drama Bodies, which broadcast from 2004-2007. He also starred in BBC One series Hotel Babylon from 2006 until 2008. He left the show in the episode Under Pressure aired on BBC One on 18 March 2008, riding off into the sunset on a Harley Davidson. He returned for a guest appearance in episode 3 of series 4.
On 28 October 2006 Beesley appeared as a special guest playing piano for James Brown during his performance at The Roundhouse in London as part of the BBC's Electric Proms festival.
On June 2007, he starred in an ITV four parter called Talk to Me written by Danny Brocklehurst. Beesley also appears opposite Malcolm McDowell in the film Red Roses and Petrol.
Beesley has also appeared in a five-part BBC thriller, The Last Enemy, also starring Robert Carlyle.
In September 2007 Beesley was a guest on ITV's Ant & Dec Saturday Night Takeaway, where he and Jonathan Wilkes were successful against the duo in the lighthearted competition Beat The Boys, narrated by Stuart Hall.
From October 2008, he appeared in the jobsite.co.uk television commercials.
In 2008, he appeared in the remake of the 1970s classic drama Survivors on BBC1. The series consisted of six episodes, with a second series being transmitted in January 2010.