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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 August 2007, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Down's syndrome actor's TV debut
Tommy Jessop on the set of Holby City
Tommy Jessop's ambition is to get a part on Eastenders
An up-and-coming actor from Hampshire is celebrating after making his debut on prime-time television.

Tommy Jessop, who is 22 and has Down's syndrome, appeared in Holby City on Tuesday night - a part he got after his brother filmed him reading scripts.

Mr Jessop hopes his screen performances will dispel popular misconceptions about people with the condition.

His next appearance will be in a new BBC film, Coming Down the Mountain, to be screened in September.

To highlight Mr Jessop's achievements, his brother Will has made a documentary about his exploits, which challenges commonly held assumptions about people with the condition.

Their mother, Jane, said she hoped it would help "to persuade people to believe in adults with Down's syndrome - it gives them a chance to follow their dreams".

The actor, who began his career at the Tower Arts Centre in Winchester, said he has a big ambition - to get a part on the BBC soap opera Eastenders.


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