Trigger Point star Mark Stanley is currently portraying DI Thom Youngblood in the ITV thriller, whose relationship with his ex might just get him killed – but in real life he has a very famous girlfriend…
The actor is perhaps best known for playing baddie Rob Hepworth in Happy Valley… However, his real life girlfriend could give him a run for his money in the TV villain department!
So who is Mark Stanley dating? What else has he been in, how old is he, and where’s he from? Here’s everything you need to know!
Mark Stanley played Rob in Happy Valley series 3, a vile character who murdered his wife (Credit: BBC)
Which actor plays DI Thom Youngblood in Trigger Point?
Actor Mark Stanley is currently playing DI Thom Youngblood in the cast of Trigger Point. Anyone watching the current series 2, will know that he stupidly got himself into a very dangerous situation during episode 1…
DI Thom Youngblood is Lana’s ex-boyfriend, who she ditched in series 1 when she fell for Karl Maguire. Of course, that ended very badly when he turned out to be the villain of the series.
At the beginning of Trigger Point series 2, Mark Stanley’s character Thom is dating his new colleague DS Helen Morgan. He hasn’t seen Lana for six months while she’s been in Estonia, where she’s been training Ukrainian bomb disposal teams. When they reunite during a dangerous mission, it’s clear they still have feelings for each other…
What is Trigger Point actor Mark Stanley famous for?
The actor is perhaps best known for playing Rob Hepworth in the final series of Happy Valley. Rob was Ryan’s PE teacher, and a nasty bully. At home, his abusive and controlling relationship with his wife tragically ended when she died. However, Rob did not kill her. Dodgy pharmacist Faisal murdered her with a rolling pin.
Actor Mark has been on our screens ever since 2012, but we all took notice when he portrayed Grenn in the major HBO series Game of Thrones. He went on to play Bill Sikes in Dickensian between 2015 and 2016, and PC Andrew Powell in the powerful Sean Bean drama Broken in 2017. Roles in Love, Lies and Records, Little Women, and The Little Drummer Girl followed.
In 2019, he took on the role of Lord Babington in the ITV series Sanditon. Mark then shed the period costumes for a police badge, when he played police detective Andy Craig in the miniseries Honour in 2020. Other significant roles include Colin Caffell in White House Farm, Hugo Duffy in Criminal: UK, and Henry VIII in Anne Boleyn.
More recently, he played Warren Pryce in The Bay, Mark Darwin in The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, and journalist Dan Davies in the Jimmy Savile drama The Reckoning.
Mark Stanley’s character Thom Youngblood nearly got himself blown up in Trigger Point (Credit: ITV)