Television detective Stephen Tompkinson allegedly beat his father so badly that he suffered a double skull fracture.
The 56-year-old DCI Banks star will face a Crown Court on charges of causing grievous bodily harm.
He was charged after a nighttime brawl that allegedly took place outside his home in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
Tompkinson, who denies the allegations, has also appeared in the television series Wild at Heart and Ballykissangel, as well as the hit film Insolent.
Telly’s favorite Steven faces a GBH charge that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence if found guilty.
The alleged victim reportedly suffered a double skull fracture and is unable to work.
Prosecutors allege Tompkinson “unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm.”
Tompkinson appeared in North Tyneside Magistrates Court earlier this month, where he pleaded not guilty.
The accusation is so serious that it had to be sent to the royal court for a jury trial.
This follows an overnight altercation said to have taken place last May outside the star’s home in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
Understandably, the alleged victim has little to remember about the incident.
Tompkinson has appeared in a number of television hits, including starring in the ITV police series DCI Banks which ran for five seasons from 2010 to 2016.
He first rose to fame in the early 1990s, playing a rogue reporter in the classic comedy Dump the Dead Donkey. In 1994, he won the British Comedy Award for Best TV Actor in a Series.
He became a household name as Father Peter Clifford in Ballykissangel in 1996, the same year he helped turn Brassed Off into a movie success.
He has appeared on a variety of other popular shows including Wild at Heart, The Manager, The Master, Boone, New Stunts, The Grafters, and Ted & Alice.
Tompkinson is set to star in the ITV drama The Long Shadow about Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe later this year.
When asked to comment on the court case at his seafront apartment in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, he said, “No thanks.”
A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that the actor appeared before the magistrates on Wednesday, August 10, and was charged with “one charge of grievous bodily harm.”
He added: “He pleaded not guilty and will next appear in Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday 7 September.”
Tompkinson, originally from Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, recently starred as Frank Bryant in a stage adaptation of Educating Rita alongside his real-life partner Jess Johnson, 41.
The performance started in 2019, but was suspended due to the pandemic.
The twice-divorced star was previously married to radio producer Celia Anastasia and publicist Nikki Taylor.