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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.
In 2007, Jessop starred opposite Nicholas Hoult in the feature-length BBC drama Coming Down the Mountain .The writer Mark Haddon said Jessop was the inspiration behind the project. Jessop's performance was widely praised, and the film was nominated for a Television BAFTA for "Best Single Drama", before winning the RADAR People of the Year Human Rights Media AWARD 2008. Jessop made his television debut in Holby City , and has also appeared in Casualty , Monroe and Doctors . His dream is to appear on EastEnders .
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.He reprised his role in the sixth series in 2021.
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 .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 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.
Jessop frequently collaborates with his brother, the writer and filmmaker Will Jessop.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. 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" and in November 2014 won the Creative Diversity Network Award for Most Groundbreaking Programme.
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.On 10 April 2013, Tommy appeared in an episode of The Archers , playing Callum Longfield.
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