A Life Worth Living

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A Life Worth Living

Tommy Jessop
Wildfire/Hachette UK, July 2023

From the publisher:

“I’m a man on a mission to show that life with Down Syndrome can be exciting and is worth living, so that other people understand and give us the chance to live life to the full and to be fulfilled.”

Tommy Jessop is a multi-award winning actor, theatre performer, and campaigner. Tommy has been at the vanguard of bringing awareness of the potential of people living with Down syndrome to the media, and to government. A Life Worth Living will be Tommy’s story – from his journey into acting and campaigning while showing his unstoppable determination, charisma, and love for life. Tommy’s natural instinct to help others leaps out from the pages, as does his wish to make people aware that those with learning disabilities just want to be treated like everybody else.’

Tommy Jessop is a multi-award-winning actor starring in feature films and mainstream TV series – including Line of Duty and Mark Haddon’s Coming Down the Mountain. Tommy also has an acclaimed stage career that includes being the first actor with Down Syndrome to play Hamlet on mainstream stages through his theatre company Blue Apple Theatre. He is the first actor with Down Syndrome to become a BAFTA member. His public profile has helped him campaign for, amongst other things, the passing of the Down Syndrome Act in Parliament – which aims to ensure suitable support and rights provisions for those with Down Syndrome. Tommy is an Ambassador to Mencap and Patron of the National Down Syndrome Policy Group.


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