Tommy has starred on TV, Radio, in film, documentaries and played major roles on stage. He was the first professional actor with Down’s syndrome to play Hamlet and the first to play a leading role in a primetime TV drama, the BAFTA nominated COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN (Tiger Aspect for BBC1).
Recently appearing in BBC One’s LINE OF DUTY, being pushed off Mt Snowdon in Mark Haddon’s BAFTA nominated film COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, playing the lead as a boxer in Bugsy’s short film FIGHTER and playing another lead as Dylan in Ben Reid’s short murder mystery, INNOCENCE, his work has taken him to many wonderful places and events. He’s enjoyed playing both ‘hard’ and vulnerable characters, and he is hungry to play more strong roles and to portray powerful and gentle emotions.
‘I found Jessop absolutely riveting, utterly charming, a remarkable performance’ Saturday Review BBC Radio 4
‘An Extraordinary Performance… a natural performer…’ The Stage
Jessop’s performance broke your heart’ Jaci Stephen, Mail On Sunday
‘Tommy continues to demonstrate huge ability and redefine ‘disability’ Jane Goddard BBC
Tommy won nominated BEST ACTOR at Oska Bright and was nominated BEST ACTOR at Chelmsford film festival for ‘Fighter‘ in which he played the lead. Fighter won best film at Film London and was selected for the BFI London Film Festival, where it was selected as short of the week, is nominated Best Film at Chelmsford Film Festival, and was officially selected for Lift Off Global, Berlin and Cinequest. Catch the trailer here : https://vimeo.com/232495970
‘Tommy is a trained actor through and through. He was prepared and ready at every step of the shoot and super professional’. Bugsy Steel Director
Jessop’s performance was ‘the lifeblood of the film….considered, layered, phenomenal’ ComicFade
“Intense and markedly compelling’ UK Film Review:
He is always pleased to be invited to give talks and deliver favourite speeches as an ambassador for people who have Down’s syndrome. Latest news is that he is helping to create a film script.
Tommy is ‘spectacularly charismatic…a very skilful actor…. makes a tremendous impact on screen’ – Julie Anne Robinson Director
‘Stand out performance’ Guy Bolton, writer
‘Phenomenal’ Sir Mark Rylance
Tommy has appeared in several feature films, filmed the lead in various short films and played significant roles on television and radio.
OTHER RECENT AWARDS:
TOMMY WON ‘BEST LEAD ACTOR in a SHORT FILM’ for ‘Down and Out’ at the Southampton International Film Festival and at the Kinofilm Festival, Manchester. ‘Down and Out’ is a semi finalist for the INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, Finalist at TMFF (Glasgow), award winner Frostbit International Indie Fest (Colorado USA), semi finalist Los Angeles CineFest (Los Angeles USA) and nominated best overall film at the Birmingham \international Film Festival
On stage, Tommy became the first professional actor with Down’s syndrome to play the title role Hamlet in theatres across the south of England
As Hamlet, he starred in the BBC documentary Growing Up Downs which was nominated for an International Emmy: Best Documentary.
More recently he played Prospero and other Shakespearean roles include Bottom and DonPedro.
Tommy is now also exploring his love of dance and regularly performs in venues around London. He is beginning a dance residency at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Contact: via Tommy’s Agent: Rachael at Conway van Gelder Grant or the contact form on this website
Photographers Will Jessop, James Yeats Brown photography, Daniel Vais, Mike Hall