He’s the creepy villain of Happy Valley who’s on the run from the law with a plan to kidnap his son Ryan before the series’ grand finale.
But behind the scenes, James Norton appears much friendlier, as he shared a series of funny snaps with the cast and crew of the first series.
James, 37, who plays Tommy Lee Royce, showed off a nasty cut in a particularly gruesome snap as he took time off between scenes.
In another shot, the comedian had fun with two members of the makeup team, posing just in boxers and a long-sleeved top.
James was showing off his signature blonde hair from the first series, which saw him kidnap and torture Ann Gallagher in a gruesome assault campaign.
Throwback: James Norton shared a series of funny snaps with the cast and crew of Happy Valley’s first series ahead of the show’s finale
Ha! In another shot, the comic had fun with two members of the makeup team, posing just in boxers and a long-sleeved top.
The star also shared some photos of her on-screen son Ryan Clark [Rhys Connah] as a young child actor, pulling funny expressions in his school uniform.
The father and son duo also posed with a framed series of snaps of them together, in a frame decorated with the words “The Boys”.
The actor said he shared some “Happy Valley love” and asked fans to please him by sharing the footage from the first series.
Sarah Lancashire was also featured in the image gallery, wearing her police uniform as she was covered in blood after one of her explosive scenes.
Cast members also gathered around a table read before filming to get a feel for the script.
Another return to the first series was a shot of Sophie Rundle’s character, Kirsten McAskill, who was run down twice by Tommy with his car.
It comes after Con O’Neill promised fans that the finale is sure to please loyal viewers of the drama series.
Larking about: The star also shared some photos of her on-screen son Ryan Clark [Rhys Connah] as a young child actor, pulling funny expressions in his school uniform
Ah! The father and son duo also posed with a framed series of snaps of them together, in a frame decorated with the words “The Boys”.
Are you okay, officer? Sarah Lancashire also featured in the picture gallery, wearing her police uniform as she was covered in blood after one of her explosive scenes
Con, 56, who plays Neil Ackroyd, appeared on Thursday’s episode of This Morning where he teased episode details with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
He said: “Viewers are going to enjoy it. When I read the script for the last episode, I was blown away. Exit [Wainwright] wrote an extraordinary ending.
Holly then asked if it was hard for Con and his co-stars to keep the ending a secret.
He explained, “It’s not a hard secret to keep because we’ve been living with this show for a long time.
Cast: James recalled the character of Lewis Whippey [Adam Long] (pictured right) who had recently been released from prison in the first series
Get on with it ! Cast members also gathered around a table read before filming to get a feel for the script.
Ouch! James shared a smiling selfie on a stretcher as he was covered in fake blood
“The way Sally got it home and finished it is amazing.”
He added of the show’s popularity in general, “Isn’t it wonderful to have a show that doesn’t just drop every episode and have this tension.”
“It’s so refreshing that people are so invested.”
A trailer for the latest episode of Happy Valley was released this week ahead of the upcoming finale on Sunday.
The 16-second clip teases the final showdown between Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) and Tommy Lee Royce (James) after her daring escape from court before the police sergeant is shown bursting into tears.
The trailer opens with Tommy’s son, Ryan (Rhys Connah), being questioned by the police about when he had a last contact with his dangerous father.
A series of scenes of the police moving on Tommy follow as Catherine is heard saying “he’s still out there, he’s going to be mad and he’s going to be even more desperate and dangerous”.
Keep warm! James wrapped in a fur-trimmed jacket between takes
Ah! Tommy kidnapped and raped Ann Gallagher [left] during the gruesome scenes of the first series
Wicked ending: Another flashback to the first series was a shot of Sophie Rundle’s character, Kirsten McAskill (pictured), who was run over twice by Tommy with his car
Laugh for a minute: James appeared much happier off-camera away from his role as the villainous Tommy
The short clip ends with a bloodied Tommy appearing to knock someone to the ground and a final shot from a tearful Catherine.
Viewers tuned in to the heart-pounding penultimate episode of the BBC drama on Sunday night as Tommy revealed his big plans.
Tommy escaped at the end of this series’ fourth episode with fans learning in Sunday’s fifth episode that he was planning to run away to Marbella, with his son Ryan in tow.
Watching you: In a heartbreaking image, Tommy spied on his son Ryan
Aw: Rhys also took a trip down memory lane by sharing snaps with his on-screen uncle Daniel Cawood [Karl Davies]
Viewers admitted they could barely watch the dramatic episode as everything lined up for a dramatic showdown between Tommy and Sargent Catherine, as he revealed he planned to kill her before he flew home. ‘Spain.
The producers are said to be so desperate to keep the show’s climax a secret that they filmed five different endings.
More than six million viewers are expected to tune in on Sunday to find out how the cat-and-mouse game will be resolved.
Recently: Rhys shared a recent snap with Karl from this series