Actor Stephen Tompkinson charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm

Actor Stephen Tompkinson will appear at Newcastle Crown Court charged with a single count of inflicting grievous bodily harm, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

The 56-year-old, who is best known for starring as Inspector Alan Banks in crime drama series DCI Banks, is facing a trial after denying the allegation at Newcastle Magistrates Court on August 10.

A statement from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Stephen Tompkinson, aged 56, of Beech Grove, Whitley Bay, appeared before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday August 10 to face a single charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

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“He pleaded not guilty to the charge and will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday September 7.”

Stephen Tomkinson as DCI Banks
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Tompkinson became a household name after starring as Father Peter Clifford in 1996’s Ballykissangel, set in a rural village in the Republic of Ireland, in the same year appearing in hit film Brassed Off about a band comprising closure-threatened pit workers, as character Phil.

Other notable TV credits include Drop The Dead Donkey in which he played a rogue reporter Damien Day, Wild At Heart, Minder, New Tricks, Grafters and Ted And Alice.

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He also appeared in ITV’s DCI Banks for six years until the show was axed in 2016.

Tompkinson, who recently starred in a stage adaptation of Educating Rita as Frank Bryant opposite his real-life partner Jess Johnson., is due to feature in ITV drama The Long Shadow about Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe later this year.

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The actor was born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, in October 1965.

His representatives have been contacted for comment.

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The incident is reported to have occurred outside a house where he was residing in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in May last year.

Stephen faces a GBH charge with a maximum five-year jail sentence if he is convicted.

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However, the actor denies the charge.

The alleged victim is said to have a double skull fracture and is unable to work because of it.

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The actor is originally from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, but moved to Scarborough when he was young.

He was previously married to radio producer Celia Anastasia and publicist Nicci Taylor.