In this video, Tommy discusses what it’s like to be part of the biggest show on TV, who his funniest co-star is and even what he keeps in his freezer! Tommy also talks about why it’s important that people with a learning disability are starting to act in high profile roles. He says it “shows what they are truly capable of because I really do want people to believe in us.”
Edel Harris, Chief Executive of the learning disability Mencap, said:
"How wonderful to see the talented Tommy Jessop on millions of TV screens over the weekend.
"We celebrate Tommy's incredible work because he is challenging outdated notions about what people with a learning disability can and can't do. And we hope that someday soon it becomes commonplace to see people with a learning disability in all our favourite TV shows. It should not seem remarkable, but completely accepted."
For further information, please contact Mencap’s media team on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7696 5414 (including out of hours).
Notes to editors:
There are approximately 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want: www.mencap.org.uk
For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap’s Freephone Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111 (10am-3pm, Monday-Friday) or email email@example.com.
What is a learning disability?
- A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places – which affects someone for their whole life;
- Learning disability is NOT a mental illness or a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’
- People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability.