When your television roles have involved being arrested, interrogated, pushed off a cliff, electrocuted and nearly drowned you’d be forgiven for wanting to be cast in a more heroic light – the next James Bond perhaps!
Actor Tommy Jessop who appeared in the BBC’s iconic drama series Line of Duty is on a mission to show that people with Down syndrome can play heroes.
But if the right roles aren’t being offered to you, what can you do? In Tommy’s case he decided to take matters into his own hands.
With the help of his brother, filmmaker Will Jessop, Tommy sets off on an epic creative journey to develop his own superhero movie and pitch it in Hollywood.
Capturing the highs and lows of their quest on camera, the brothers have produced a warm, funny and original documentary for the BBC about daring to dream that airs tonight (Monday 21) on BBC One at 9pm and will then be available on BBC iPlayer.
Throughout this one-off special, the sibling duo meet high-profile film industry talent including Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Will Sharpe (The White Lotus), Zack Gottsagen (The Peanut Butter Falcon), Neve Campbell (Scream) and JJ Feild (Captain America), and producer Joel Zadak (Key and Peele). The message is loud and clear: Tommy can do this.
"This documentary is an amazing adventure and a dream come true,” said Tommy.
“It truly has been wicked having a camera and being able to tell my own story. Some of my personal highlights are going to Hollywood with my brother Will, meeting A-list actors, pitching my movie called Roger the Superhero, and singing along to S Club 7. I give it a 10 out of 10, and I hope you will enjoy watching it."