In 1984 after almost 10 years of running his very popular and award-winning "Tom Jennings and The Nashville Session Band" Tom decided to go solo for a year to concentrate on writing songs. Having freed up a lot of his time, now that he wasnt running a big band day-to-day, he was offered an audition for a tv show (he had a crush on his drama teacher at school (London Oratory - Chelsea) and so he worked hard for her and got quite good!). He didnt get the part but this audition led to him getting a theatrical agent in the West End. Over the next few years he appeared in many tv shows as well as training and corporate videos. Some of these are listed below. He even got down to the last two for a part in Rambo 3 with Sylvester Stallone (for his sins!) however the other guy got the part!

Equity No. F94785

Year Format Character Programme Company Director(s)
1992 TV Fitzpatrick
Security guard
Michael Winners True Crimes   Katherine Wolff
Nigel Miller
1992 TV Fabian
Murder suspect
Moon & Son BBC 1 Roger Tucker
1991 Video Higgs
Post Office van raider
Training video Post Office Simon Holder
1989 Video Eurotrucker Corporate video that raised the funding for the Eurotunnel Eurotunnel Rimas Vainorius
1986 TV Big Robbie
Country singer
Casualty BBC 1 Alan Wareing
1986 TV John Gaspa
Murder victim
Crimewatch BBC 1 Joanna Davis
1986 TV Mr Ofydopoulos
Laundrette owner
EastEnders BBC 1 Antonia Bird
1985 Video City gent - policeman - soldier Dire Straits Walk Of Life video Channel 4  
1985 TV Detective
Sidekick to
Dermot Crowley
Call Me Mister BBC 1 Colin Bucksey
1985 TV Thompson
Coach driver from Liverpool
Emmerdale Yorkshire TV Bill Slater
1985 TV Trucker Money Programme BBC 2  
1984 TV Norman
Scene of crime photographer
The Bill Thames TV  

In 1987 Tom was dividing his time between auditions, modelling and acting but he missed playing his music full-time and so he returned to the live circuit with a renewed enthusiasm. As you can see he didnt quite give up the acting and modelling because in 1989 he appeared in the corporate video that raised the funding for the Eurotunnel and couldnt resist playing cops and robbers for the Post Office. 1992 and he was off to film in France again (in 1989 he had been in France filming for Eurotunnel) to film Moon and Son for the BBC. That same year he worked on Michael Winners True Crimes.

Just recently Tom was talking to his old theatrical agent in Charing Cross Road and she asked him, "Are you coming back to us?" Who knows what the future holds. Never say never...

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