Tommy is an award winning actor who loves getting into character working in front of a camera and appearing on stage.
He has been lucky enough to work with many wonderful directors 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). His work has taken him to many wonderful places and events.
Recent News: Tommy has been named Best Actor in two recent film festivals for Down & Out and has just picked up a third Best Actor nomination for FIGHTER
He is also pleased to have been invited to give talks and deliver favourite speeches as an ambassador for people who have Down’s syndrome. He is also helping to create a film script.
Tommy is ‘spectacularly charismatic…a very skilful actor…. makes a tremendous impact on screen’ – Julie Anne Robinson Director
‘I found Jessop absolutely riveting, utterly charming, a remarkable performance’ Saturday Review BBC Radio 4
Jessop’s performance broke your heart’ Jaci Stephen, Mail On Sunday
‘Stand out performance’ Guy Bolton, writer
‘Phenomenal’ Sir Mark Rylance
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
Tommy has appeared in several feature films, filmed the lead in various short films and played significant roles on television and radio.
TOMMY has just 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)
Tommy has just been nominated BEST ACTOR at Chelmsford film festival for ‘Fighter‘ in which he played the lead. Fighter won best film at Film London and has been selected for the BFI London Film Festival 2017, 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’s performance was reviewed as ‘the lifeblood of the film….considered, layered, phenomenal’ by ComicFade
UK Film Review: “Intense and markedly compelling’
As Hamlet, he starred
in the BBC documentary Growing Up Downs which was nominated for an International Emmy: Best Documentary.
Tommy is now also exploring his love of dance and regularly performs in venues around London
Please use the contact form if you would like to see Tommy’s latest show reel.
Photographers Will Jessop, James Yeats Brown photography, Daniel Vais