Brassed Off & Ballykissangel Star Stephen Tompkinson in Assault Trial – Deadline
British actor Stephen Tompkinson, best known for his roles in Ballykissangel and DCI bankshas been charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH) and will appear in English Crown court.
Tompkinson was charged with inflicting injuries on another man, beating him and leaving him with a double skull fracture during an altercation that took place in May 2021, The temperature reports. The actor appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court earlier this month, where he denied the charge against him, and the case has now been referred to the High Crown Court, where he will be represented by a lawyer next month.
Tompkinson has been one of the UK’s most successful TV actors for decades, having gotten his big break in early 1990s comedy Put down the dead donkeywinning a British Comedy Award for Best TV Actor in 1994.
He continued to appear in the film Brewedas well as hit TV series Ballykissangel and The heart that is in Desert.
For five seasons between 2010 and 2016, he played the title role in a crime drama DCI banks. Later this year he is set to star in the ITV drama The long shadow about Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe – who murdered sex workers in the north of England in a shooting spree in the late 1970s, and sparked one of the biggest manhunts ever in the UK until he was finally arrested and convicted in 1981.