Line of Duty Star Named Our Latest Ambassador


18 Mar, 2022

A multi-award winning actor and Mencap ambassador, Tommy Jessop becomes our latest ambassador. Having Tommy supporting our bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 is both exciting and important.

Tommy, who was the professional first actor with Down’s Syndrome to play Hamlet and starred in BBC’s primetime TV drama, Line of Duty as Terry Boyle said: “Culture means living your life to the full every single day. I want the city of Southampton to be even more diverse. One way is to bring people into the performing arts and theatre.”

Tommy’s film and television portfolio has led to him to being selected by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for their prestigious BAFTA Elevate scheme and is now a full voting member of organisation.

He is also a founding member of the award-winning integrated company Blue Apple Theatre, which supports performers with learning disabilities to develop theatre, dance, singing and film productions.

Tommy added: “My message to the city of Southampton is believe in yourself and follow your dreams and ambitions in life and who knows where it might lead to.”