Published On: Mon, May 3rd, 2021

Line of Duty’s Tommy Jessop reveals he did much of his own stunts during nail-biting river scene

Line of Duty’s Tommy Jessop reveals he did much of his own stunts during nail-biting river scene as he discusses role in Steven Spielberg film

He’s become beloved to Line Of Duty fans for his role as Terry Boyle in BBC‘s ratings juggernaut Line Of Duty.

And Tommy Jessop has revealed how he did much of his own stunts on the action-packed series, including when Terry almost drowned after being targeted by corrupt cop Ryan Pilkington.

Appearing on Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, co-host Sean Fletcher asked the actor, 36, who has down syndrome, asked: ‘Did you have a stunt double?’

Show: Tommy Jessop has revealed how he did much of his own stunts on Line of Duty, including when Terry almost drowned after being targeted by corrupt cop Ryan Pilkingto

Tommy said: ‘I mostly did the lake scenes by myself but I did have a body double when Ryan pushed Terry out of the water.’

He added: ‘At one point in the lake scene, it was like living in a freezer in Antarctica.’  

The identity of ‘H’ was finally unmasked as DSI Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) during Sunday night’s dramatic finale.

Asked if he knew who ‘H’ was ahead of time, Tommy said: ‘I had a feeling I knew who H was. I kind of had… Jed (Mercurio) really does keep things top secret until the very last minute.’

Tommy appeared on the show alongside his mother Jane who hinted that all may still have not been revealed. 

When asked if Tommy had told her who he thought ‘H’ was, she said: ‘No, obviously we had a lot of theories and ideas but do we even know everything now?’

Co-host Kate Garraway then asked Tommy how he got involved in the hugely successful procedural drama. 

The actor said: ‘Well, they actually checked to see if I was happy enough to do the big scenes and I was really happy about it. I really did love filming all of it.’

Tommy is now rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, after landing a role in upcoming World War II drama Masters Of The Air, executive produced by none other than Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. 

The actor was previously spotted shooting scenes on the set of the show, which is based on the actions of the Eighth Air Force of the US Army Air Forces in the sleepy Buckinghamshire village of Bledlow. 

Asked if ‘rumours’ of him working on a Spielberg film were true, Tommy coyly replied: ‘Possibly, there might be a really top secret film.’

Tommy’s mother also gushed how proud she is of her son, saying: ‘Really pleased and excited for him yes. 

‘He takes everything in his stride and just goes back to his everyday life, he doesn’t let it go to his head or anything. Very proud, yes. It’s terribly exciting and amazing that Tommy has had so much support.’

She also told how the actor was sworn to secrecy and couldn’t tell any of his friends about his Line of Duty storylines. 

She said: ‘A lot of Tommy’s work is top secret. He kept Line of Duty secret for a year, he couldn’t tell any of his friends.’        

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