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


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 claimed he ‘had a feeling’ who H was ahead of Sunday’s dramatic series six finale which saw DSI Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) unveiled as The Fourth Man.

Appearing on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, the actor, 36, who has downs syndrome, also told how he did much of his own stunts on the series, including the crash scene where his character Terry ended up in the river.

Show: Tommy Jessop has claimed he ‘had a feeling’ who H was ahead of Sunday’s dramatic series six finale which saw DSI Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) unveiled as The Fourth Man

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.’       

Terry was previously at risk of drowning after being targeted by corrupt cop Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper).

GMB co-host Sean Fletcher asked the actor: ‘Did you have a stunt double?’

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.’

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' (Nigel Boyle pictured as DSI Ian Buckells)

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’ (Nigel Boyle pictured as DSI Ian Buckells)

Dramatic: Tommy also told how he did much of his own stunts on the series, including the crash scene where his character Terry Boyle ended up in the river

Dramatic: Tommy also told how he did much of his own stunts on the series, including the crash scene where his character Terry Boyle ended up in the river 

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

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. 

Nail-biting: Terry was previously at risk of drowning after being targeted by corrupt cop Ryan Pilkington

Nail-biting: Terry was previously at risk of drowning after being targeted by corrupt cop Ryan Pilkington

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.’

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

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

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.’        

Proud: Jane said: '[Tommy] takes everything in his stride and just goes back to his everyday life, he doesn't let it go to his head or anything'

Proud: Jane said: ‘[Tommy] takes everything in his stride and just goes back to his everyday life, he doesn’t let it go to his head or anything’

Line Of Duty viewers were left shocked to discover DSI Ian Buckells was criminal H during Sunday’s finale of series six, but who is the man behind the elusive character?

Ex-barman Nigel Boyle – who portrayed Buckells throughout the BBC show’s first, fourth and sixth series – started his career with minor roles in programmes such as Coronation Street and Peaky Blinders, before landing his biggest job to date in 2012.

Aside from his profession, the actor is a life-long supporter of Aston Villa F.C. and raises sons Finnian, five, and Decan Sonny, two, and daughter Cora Rose, three weeks, with wife Lainy.

The youngest in his family of six, Nigel was born in Moseley, Birmingham, before he relocated to the city’s Bartley Green suburb as a child. 

Shocking end: Line Of Duty viewers were left shocked to discover DSI Ian Buckells was criminal H during Sunday's finale of series six, but who is the man behind the character?

Shocking end: Line Of Duty viewers were left shocked to discover DSI Ian Buckells was criminal H during Sunday’s finale of series six, but who is the man behind the character?

Father-of-three: Ex-barman Nigel Boyle is a life-long supporter of Aston Villa F.C. and raises Finnian, five, Decan Sonny, two, Cora Rose, three weeks, with wife Lainy

Father-of-three: Ex-barman Nigel Boyle is a life-long supporter of Aston Villa F.C. and raises Finnian, five, Decan Sonny, two, Cora Rose, three weeks, with wife Lainy

His parents came to the West Midlands from Ireland in the 50s and would often ‘move around’ as they were involved in the pub trade. 

On his humble beginnings, the screen star said in an interview with Birmingham Mail in March: ‘We had the Monarch in Quinton and a pub in Bartley Green called the Bale of Hay. My old man ran The Monarch for 13 years.

‘I was always hanging round with my dad and pulling pints and working with him. In Perry Barr it’s a stone’s throw away from Villa Park and one of his mates took me to a game and I absolutely loved it.’

Nigel went on to graduate from the Birmingham School of Acting in 2002 and took part in regular short term work in adverts for brands including Ladbrokes, WKD and McCoy’s.

Rising: The actor started his career with minor roles (pictured as solicitor Joe with co-star on Coronation Street set - a role he played from 2012 until 2015)

Rising: The actor started his career with minor roles (pictured as solicitor Joe with co-star on Coronation Street set – a role he played from 2012 until 2015)

The TV star’s career started to pick up when he had a recurring role as a solicitor called Joe in ITV’s Corrie from 2012 until 2015, and also played Rickie in Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans.

Line Of Duty Series 6 Finale: Viewing Figures 

An eye-watering 12.8million viewers tuned in to watch Line Of Duty‘s sixth season on Sunday night with a 56.2% share in the overnights – recording the network’s highest ever overnight rating.

Fans tuned in to watch the nail-biting series draw to a close  – and the mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally unmasked as DSI Ian Buckells, played by Nigel Boyle.

Loyal viewers took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as officers from the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive ‘fourth man’ – leading to a demand for another series of the show. 

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer, said of a seventh season: ‘Addictive event television, Line of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it’s no surprise that last night’s jaw dropping finale set a ratings record.

‘Jed Mercurio is a master of his craft, and I would like to congratulate him and the entire cast and crew for delivering such an incredible drama series…

‘I’m looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be.’

The calls for another series came due to the disappointment and confusion of some of the 12.8m viewers. Star of the show Martin Compston previously said of the possibility: ‘The genuine answer is we don’t know’.

Elsewhere, the father-of-three portrayed a policeman in an episode of gangster hit Peaky Blinders in 2017, as well as strict teacher Mr. Hamley in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe – which has received a BAFTA TV nomination in the Best Mini-Series category.

While he’s set to become one of the nation’s most in-demand stars, the thespian juggles his life on the screen with parenthood.

Just last month, Nigel and his actress spouse Lainy – who are now based in London – welcomed their third child, a girl, 11 days early.

The Alleycats star announced on Instagram at the time: ‘Welcome to the world Cora Rose Boyle. #gooner @lainyboyle is a #hero and Cora looks sooo good in #claretandblue #utv.’ (sic)

It is unclear when the couple – who recently starred in a short lockdown-based film called Unmasked – tied the knot.

Lainy has previously appeared in EastEnders as a surgery nurse in 2017, England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey as Mary Tudor three years ago and an 2019 episode of Doctors as Hayley Grant.

On getting his role in Line Of Duty, the performer previously gushed: ‘It’s an actor’s dream to play someone as petty and petulant and annoying as Buckells.

‘When I was researching for Line of Duty me and my wife did the whole two series in two days or something like that. Binged it properly. I got the script through and said to my wife – who was my girlfriend at the time – I’ve got to get this.’

During Monday’s This Morning, Nigel said about his children: ‘Yes, my newborn is three weeks old. Hopefully she got some sleep [after Sunday’s show]! I’ve got two boys, Finnian and Declan and baby Cora Rose.’

Seasoned fans took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as officers from the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive ‘fourth man’, who had been colluding with the organised crime group (OCG), was none other than DSU Ian.

The detective was first introduced to viewers in series one when he was appointed as SIO in the case of murdered businesswoman Jackie Laverty by then chief superintendent Derek Hilton.

Interests: The performer pictured recently with an Aston Villa-themed face mask on the set of Line Of Duty

Interests: The performer pictured recently with an Aston Villa-themed face mask on the set of Line Of Duty

'As Vicky McClure would say, LINES OF DUTY!' The Birmingham native also took an image of his script two weeks ago

‘As Vicky McClure would say, LINES OF DUTY!’ The Birmingham native also took an image of his script two weeks ago

Line Of Duty finale: How the viewing figures compare 

2021

Line Of Duty finale, May 2 (BBC One) 12.8 million

Prince Philip’s funeral, April 17 (ITV & BBC One) 13.6 million 

Harry and Meghan with Oprah Winfrey, March 8 (ITV) 11.4 million

Harry and Meghan with Oprah Winfrey, March 8 (ITV) 11.4 million

2020

Boris Johnson lockdown announcement, March 23 (BBC One) 14.6 million

Queen’s address to the nation, April 5 (BBC One) 14 million

Boris Johnson’s second address to the nation, May 10 (BBC One) 18.8 million

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, December 4 (ITV) 12.1 million

2019

Gavin And Stacey Christmas special (BBC One) 17.1 million viewers

2012

Closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games (BBC One) 24.5 million

2010

The X Factor (ITV) 17.7 million

1995

Princess Diana interview with Martin Bashir (BBC One) 23 million

1966

The 1966 World Cup final (BBC and ITV joint broadcast) 32.3 million viewers

However, the episode’s end failed to offer any resolution on whether the fan-favourite team of DI Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings would return, ending on the revelation that the team has ‘never been weaker.’

The mystery surrounding the identity of ‘H’ has been up for speculation since the show was first released in 2012 and detectives at the anti-corruption unit discovered there were four officers working within the force who had links to the underground criminal network.

During Sunday’s finale episode , superintendent Ted Hastings, played by actor Adrian Dunbar, was seen asking his colleague Chloe to run checks on the constant misspelling of the word ‘definately’ which had become synonymous with the ‘fourth man’ in previous episodes.

A number of checks traced the word back to Buckells who used the misspelling when messaging former undercover officer John Corbett, played by Stephen Graham, in series five.

When confronted with the revelation Hastings was left astounded, asking his colleague: ‘Are you sure Chloe?’

After being confronted by Hastings and his team Buckells declared: ‘I’m only the one whose made total mugs out of you lot!’.

He also revealed that they would have to offer him immunity or Witness Protection if they wanted him to co-operate.

Pointing out that H did not officially exist as the investigation into corruption had been quashed, he insisted Tommy Hunter, the organised crime kingpin who was a sinister character during the drama’s early series, was the leader of the OCG.

Although several viewers were shocked that Buckells turned out to be the Fourth Man, he previously hinted at being H way back in 2017.

Speaking to Digital Spy during series four, Nigel said: ‘There’s definitely more to Buckells than meets the eye!

‘He’s very competent, very good at what he does, he’s the go-to guy, but he’s certainly not a popular guy – he’s petulant, and a bit of a jobsworth I think.

‘I don’t think people give him enough credit, just because of his personality!’

Long-running: The thespian portrayed Buckells throughout the BBC show's first, fourth and sixth series

Long-running: The thespian portrayed Buckells throughout the BBC show’s first, fourth and sixth series



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