Tommy Jessop Actor

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATommy’s stage and screen credits include co-starring in the BAFTA-nominated Coming Down the Mountain (Tiger Aspect for BBC1). ‘An Extraordinary Performance… a natural performer…’ The Stage

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.

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 has just 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)

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








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 :

Tommy’s performance was reviewed as ‘the lifeblood of the film….considered, layered, phenomenal’ by ComicFade

UK Film Review: “Intense and markedly compelling’

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.


Tommy is now also exploring his love of dance and regularly performs in venues around London

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

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