Tommy Jessop, from Winchester, is the star in bbc’s Line of Duty.
He was the first actor with down’s syndrome to appear on one of bbc’s primetime television shows in 2007 and has become more popular and talented over the years until he finally got an opportunity for a lead in a show.
Line of Duty is an intense One hit television series about a detective squad, the Anit-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12), investigating and arresting corrupt police officers with season six being aired in 2021.
Tommy’s character is a man named Terry Boyle who appeared as a victim on a few occasions in the earlier episodes of the series and is now a main suspect in a developing plot for season six.
Many people have commended Tommy for his performance on Twitter and other social media accounts, giving their full support for the young actor.
Tommy Jessop stated on his personal website, “It was wicked filming with Jed Mercurio, Vicky McClure, Kelly Macdonald, Perry Fitzpatrick and the whole cast & crew for season 6 of Line of Duty. On Sunday evening I returned as Terry Boyle in the first episode.
“Thank you for all the interest, support and encouragement on social media, and to all my new followers on Twitter.
“I think it’s great to see more people living with Down syndrome on mainstream TV, and I’m so happy to play a role in that!
“I hear it had almost 10 million viewers and that is rather a lot really.”
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