British Tv star Jody Latham has been ordered to stay out of trouble for the next two years or face jail time for growing cannabis.

The actor, who has starred in hit U.K. Tv comedy Shameless and long-running soap opera EastEnders, was arrested last year (11) after cops found 24 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $22,400 (£14,000), at a home in Lancashire, England.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of producing the drug during a court hearing in November (12), and on Monday (17Dec12) he was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

According to BBC News, the 29 year old held back tears as his punishment was read out by Judge Beverley Lunt, who said, "I hope this will you deter you from offending and make you give up this drug."