Happy Valley star James Norton unveils dramatic Tommy Lee Royce transformation in first look at episode 4
*Warning: This contains spoilers for Happy Valley season 3.*
Happy Valley star James Norton’s character Tommy Lee Royce undergoes a dramatic makeover in a teaser for episode 4.
The psychopath is currently behind bars in Sheffield prison, serving time for the murder of copper Kirsten McAskill (Sophie Rundle) and the kidnap of Ann Gallagher (Charlie Murphy).
But the criminal has still managed to meddle in the life of arch-nemesis Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), having been in contact with her grandson Ryan (Rhys Connah).
The teenager has been paying visits to his father in jail, accompanied by Clare (Siobahn Finneran) and Neil (Con O’Neill), over the past year, much to the sergeant’s heartbreak.
In addition to his previous crimes, Tommy is a prime suspect in the murder of Gary Gaggowski, whose remains were found washed up in a reservoir in episode one.
Gaggowski is thought to have been shot eight years previously, with a necklace owned by Tommy found by his body, linking the criminal to his death.
After being grilled by police, Tommy said he had been hired to spook Gaggowski by a local gang, but denied killing him or having knowledge that his death was the original plan.
The upcoming episode of Sally Wainwright’s drama sees Tommy stand trial for Gaggowki’s murder and, according to new pictures released by the BBC, spruces up for the court date.
Tommy, who had been sporting long locks and a dishevelled beard, is seen enlisting the help of an inmate to cut off his hair and opts for a clean shave.
Will the new smart look help the jury look more fondly on the vile psychopath?
The 37-year-old actor has previously spoken about Tommy’s scruffy look on the Graham Norton Show, explaining that Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright ‘knew the look she wants for him, and it is bold’.
‘I loved having long hair – it was fun, and I found myself hanging out in the mousse section of Boots. I also have a weird number of clips of me and “Pantene” moments!’ he added.
He also reflected on reprising the role of Tommy, describing him as a ‘weird distant friend.’
The McMafia star continued: ‘He is a despicable monster, but he became really enticing, a sort of weird distant friend that you love seeing. I loved playing him and I miss him and the show.’
Happy Valley continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
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