DCI Banks star Stephen Tompkinson appears in court charged with causing GBH

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

The 56-year-old, who is known for playing Inspector Alan Banks in the DCI crime drama series Banks, is facing a trial after dismissing the charges at Newcastle Magistrates Court on August 10.

A statement from Crown Prosecution Service said: “Stephen Tompkinson, 56, of Beech Grove, Whitley Bay, appeared before Newcastle Magistrates Court on Wednesday 10 August to face a single charge especially harmful to the body.

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

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Stephen Tompkinson denies causing regrettable bodily harm (Ian West/PA)

Tompkinson became a household name after playing Father Peter Clifford in 1996’s Ballykissangel, the same year he appeared in the hit film Brassing Off as the character Phil.

Other notable TV credits include Drop The Dead Donkey, Wild At Heart, Minder, New Tricks, Grafters, and Ted And Alice.

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

Tompkinson, who recently starred in the stage adaptation of Educating Rita as Frank Bryant, will star in the ITV drama The Long Shadow about Yorkshire tearer Peter Sutcliffe later this year .

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

His representative has been contacted for comment.

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