Line Of Duty’s Terry Boyle star Tommy Jessop shares how Vicky McClure warmed him with a hug after drowning scene

Line Of Duty’s Terry Boyle star Tommy Jessop shares how Vicky McClure warmed him with a hug after drowning scene

05/05/2021

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Line Of Duty's Tommy Jessop has detailed the heartwarming moment he received a hug from his co-star Vicky McClure after filming a scene in which he almost drowned.

Speaking in a video interview with Mencap charity, the actor admitted Vicky's sweet gesture after filming in a "freezing lake" was his season six highlight.

In the scene, Tommy's character Terry Boyle is driven into the lake by Ryan Pilkington in an attempt to kill him.

Luckily for Terry, DI Kate Fleming, played by McClure, spots the incident unfolding and jumps in to rescue Terry.


Reflecting on the aftermath, the 36-year-old, who has Down's Syndrome, recalled: "In order to warm up, my highlight was Vicky McClure giving me a warm hug!"

In the same interview, Tommy also highlighted the significance of giving roles to actors with learning disabilities.

He said: "It is really important to include people with learning disabilities of all ages to show what they are truly capable of.

"Because I really do want people to believe in us because we really are different people with different skills and ambitions.'

Sunday night's nail-biting season six finale of Line Of Duty saw dim-witted copper DS Ian Buckells, who Nigel Boyle plays, unveiled as "the fourth man".

In an interview with Good Morning Britain earlier in the week, Tommy revealed he "had a feeling" about who H was.

Tommy explained: "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."

Meanwhile, many Line Of Duty viewers were left underwhelmed by the season finale, including Piers Morgan.

The former Good Morning Britain host initially shared his excitement on Twitter ahead of the much-anticipated episode.

Sharing a snap of the three main characters, he tweeted: "Can't wait for Line of Duty. Just utterly superb television, brilliantly created & driven by @jedmercurio and superbly acted, especially by @VickyMcClure @martincompston #AdrianDunbar" alongside four applause emojis.

After watching the episode, however, he was left feeling bemused along with the rest of the nation.

The 56-year-old wrote: "Definately a tad underwhelming. #LineofDutyFinale." [sic]

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