Tommy Jessop Actor

Tommy is a multi award -winning actor who loves getting into character, working in front of a camera and appearing on stage.

Tommy is ‘really honoured to have been selected by BAFTA for their 2019/20 Elevate programme.’ They say some pretty cool things here!
Please click here to see Tommy’s showreel 
Tommy has been lucky enough to work with many wonderful directors and writers and is grateful for all the opportunities they have given him.

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

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is INNOCENCE-Screening-Invite-6pm-1024x590.jpg‘I just wanted to say a big thanks once again for all the talent, commitment and hard work Tommy gave to such a challenging role. It really was a pleasure to work with him and he truly gave an incredible performance.’ Ben Reid Writer/Director ‘INNOCENCE

Innocence was award winning at the Global Lift Off Film Festival and won the Don Quixote award at the Krakow film festival.



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 :

‘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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATommy has also appeared in CasualtyHolby City, Monroe, Doctors, Off their Rockers, starred in several BBC documentaries and played the lead or guest lead in various afternoon plays on Radio 4


TOMMY  WONBEST 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

As Billy in Down and Out winner Best Film Southampton International Film Festival 2017


As Billy in the award winning short film Down & Out Dir: Natalie Kennedy







For his full career to date, please see

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

.  Tommy Jessop

As Hamlet, he starred in the BBC documentary Growing Up Downs which was nominated for an International Emmy: Best Documentary.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is fullsizeoutput_10d6.jpeg

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.

Culture Device Dance Project june 2015

Tommy Jessop dancing 'This will end in Tears' performance at Big sky Studios

Tommy Jessop dancing ‘This will end in Tears’ performance at Big sky Studios

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