Tommy Jessop

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Tommy Jessop
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Tommy (right) with brother William (left)
Born (1985-01-19) 19 January 1985 (age 36)
Years active2007–present

Thomas Jessop (born 19 January 1985), better known as Tommy Jessop, is a British actor. He is the first actor with Down syndrome to star in a prime-time BBC drama. [1]




In 2007, Jessop starred opposite Nicholas Hoult in the feature-length BBC drama Coming Down the Mountain . [1] The writer Mark Haddon said Jessop was the inspiration behind the project. [2] [3] Jessop's performance was widely praised, [4] [5] and the film was nominated for a Television BAFTA for "Best Single Drama", [6] before winning the RADAR People of the Year Human Rights Media AWARD 2008. [7] Jessop made his television debut in Holby City , [8] and has also appeared in Casualty , [9] Monroe and Doctors . His dream is to appear on EastEnders . [10]

In June 2015, he appeared in two 'Blue Badge' specials of Off Their Rockers on ITV.

Jessop starred in BBC's Line of Duty , appearing as Terry Boyle in the fifth series in 2019. [11] He reprised his role in the sixth series in 2021. [12] [13]


Jessop is a founding member of award-winning integrated company Blue Apple Theatre, and has appeared in all their productions to date. In 2010, he played Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream . [14] In 2011, he was the Mayor in Gogol's The Government Inspector . In May 2012, Jessop made history when he became the first professional actor with Down Syndrome to play the title role of Hamlet [15] in Blue Apple's touring production. In March and April 2013, Tommy played the role of Bobby, a victim of hate crime in Living Without Fear, Blue Apple Theatre's touring production about disability hate crime. [16]


Jessop frequently collaborates with his brother, the writer and filmmaker Will Jessop. [17] In 2007, the brothers made the broadcast documentary Tommy's Story for Community Channel (UK). William filmed Tommy behind the scenes of Coming Down the Mountain and Holby City , and was shortlisted for Best Newcomer at the Grierson Awards 2008. [18] In February 2014, Jessop was one of the stars of Growing Up Down's, a documentary about Blue Apple Theatre's touring production of Hamlet that William produced and directed for BBC Three. The film was described as "BBC Three at its very best" [19] and in November 2014 won the Creative Diversity Network Award for Most Groundbreaking Programme. [20]


Jessop has starred in various radio productions for the BBC, including an episode of the series Stone with Hugo Speer in 2010, and the one-off play The Climb opposite Warwick Davis in 2011. [21] On 10 April 2013, Tommy appeared in an episode of The Archers , playing Callum Longfield. [22]

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