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Ralf Little

Ralf Little
Little at Soccer Aid 2010
Born Ralf Alastair John B. Little
(1980-02-08) 8 February 1980
Oldham, England, UK
Occupation Actor, Writer, Footballer

Ralf Alastair John Little (born 8 February 1980) is an English actor, writer and semi-professional footballer, working mainly in television comedy. He has played Antony Royle in The Royle Family and Jonny Keogh in the first six series of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Football career 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Little was born in Oldham and attended Bolton School (Boys' Division). He is the son of two accountants.[1]

Some of his early television roles included minor roles in various programmes such as Elidor, Children's Ward and Sloggers.[2]


Little's break came when he was offered the role of Antony Royle in the BBC sitcom, The Royle Family. This prompted him to abandon his studies (at Manchester Medical school) and focus on his acting career.[2] The original run of the series was from autumn 1998 to December 2000, and after a one-off special in 2006 returned for a series of Christmas specials from 2008, with Little returning to the role of Antony in 2006, and from 2009.

After the original run of The Royle Family, he was cast in another sitcom, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (or Two Pints), as Jonny Keogh. The first series ran from February 2001, and has been running for nine series so far. During an interview for This Morning in September 2007 Little said that he would not be returning for the next series due to an overwhelming schedule. His character was subsequently killed off. In 1999 Little played a The Star of Bethlehem in the ITV comedy drama The Flint Street Nativity.

In 2001 he played the young Presence at the Royal Court Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance.[3] In 2004 he played the title character in Billy Liar at the Theatre Royal in Windsor.[4] He appeared in Juliet McKoen's 2005 ghost story/murder mystery film Frozen, set in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Between November 2002 and January 2003 He hosted three one-hour-long episodes of the Ralf Little Show on BBC3.

Other film credits include 24 Hour Party People (playing Joy Division and New Order bass player Peter Hook[2]) and Al's Lads. Little also starred as Stephen, alongside Anne-Marie Duff, in Roger Goldby's film, The Waiting Room,[5] released throughout the UK in June 2008. In television, he also appeared in Paradise Heights.[2][6]

In October 2007, he appeared in the one man show, Stacy, written by Jack Thorne at the Trafalgar Studios in London and on TV in Robin Hood as a sinister scientist Joseph, in the episode "The Angel of Death".

In August 2007 he released his first online novel (co-written with Stephen Morris), The Golden Generation, a coming of age tale about a recently single man who is taken under the wings of two city traders who show him the trappings of big money in the big city but that it comes at a price. Money taken from the sale of the novel went to the charity Shelter.[7] He was a cast member of KateModern, a web series which developed by the creators of the US YouTube hit lonelygirl15, which started in July 2007 and posted its final video in June 2008.

In July 2008 he appeared in 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, a new play at the Bush Theatre which was revised as 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover at Christmas later that year, while in September of the same year he starred in Massive, a BBC comedy about an indie record label. In 2008 he narrated the second series of Last Man Standing. In 2009, he played Clint in Married Single Other, alongside Miranda Raison[8] He also worked on the film Powder.[9] In the autumn of 2010, he starred in The Aliens, a British premier of a new play by Annie Baker, again at the Bush Theatre.[10] In 2011, he appeared as Richard Dickens in the comedy series The Café, shown on Sky 1, which he co-wrote with Michelle Terry and which was directed by Craig Cash.

In 2013, he appeared in Death in Paradise series two, episode six. As of April 2013, he was appearing at the Liverpool Playhouse as the father of a girl with cerebral palsy, in a new production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.[11][12]

In 2014, he appeared in the TV series Our Zoo.[13] He also voices Captain Skip in the animated English version of The Unbeatables.

Football career

Ralf Little
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Staines Town
2003 Maidstone United
2004 Edgware Town
2007–2008 Chertsey Town
2008 Stone Dominoes
National team
2012– Sealand 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Little, a supporter of Manchester United,[4] is a keen footballer and has played for a number of semi-professional clubs when other commitments allow. In March 2003 he played for Maidstone United against AFC Wimbledon, having previously been training with Staines Town.[14] He joined Isthmian League side Edgware Town in October 2004, making his debut in the FA Vase game against Waltham Abbey.[15]

He played for Chertsey Town during the 2007–08 season and on 8 July 2008 signed for North West Counties League side Stone Dominoes.[16] He has also on a few occasions played celebrity football matches for charity[17][18] and played with members of Hollywood United while in the district for acting career purposes. He also plays for the Arsenal Ex-Pro and Celebrity XI.[19] On 6 June 2010, he participated in Soccer Aid game for England on the left wing.

On 9 August 2011, he played in the John Kennedy testimonial match for Manchester United against Celtic which resulted in a 5–2 win for Celtic.[20]

In May 2012, he appeared for the Sealand national football team in a match against the Chagos Islands as captain. The match was held at the grounds of Godalming Town.[21] In August 2012 and March 2013 he played in 2 games against Alderney, a 1–1 draw and 2–1 win respectively.


  1. ^ "FACE OF THE DAY: Ralph Little; Nice work if you can get it".  
  2. ^ a b c d "Ralf Little profile". BBC Comedy. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Presence by David Harrower, London, Faber and Faber, 2001, ISBN 9780571210596
  4. ^ a b "Ralf Little interview". BBC Berkshire. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Waiting Room (2007)". IMDB. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ralf Little Interview". BBC Nottingham. 3 July 2002. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  7. ^ The Golden Generation profile;; accessed 18 August 2014.
  8. ^ French, Dan (14 April 2009). "'"Ralf Little for 'Married, Single, Other. Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  9. ^ Cooper, Sarah (17 August 2009). "Red Union's Powder kicks off shoot this weekend at V Festival". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Hitchings, Henry (21 September 2010). "Ralf Little and Mackenzie Crook take hazy break in stoned silence in The Aliens". The London Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  11. ^ Staff (9 April 2013). "Ralf Little stars in new play". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "What's On: Music, Film, & Things To Do in Liverpool". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  13. ^ BBC - Our Zoo - Media Centre
  14. ^ "Royle family star plays for Stones". NonLeagueDaily. 29 July 2003. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  15. ^ "Painful start for Little". NonLeagueDaily. 29 October 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  16. ^ "Actor Little joins Stone Dominoes". BBC Sport. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  17. ^ "Ganet makes Berko switch". NonLeagueDaily. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "Stars on show at Aldershot". NonleagueDaily. 5 April 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "Rayners Lane appoint 'celebrity' coach". NonLeagueDaily. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "Celtic Legends 5 Manchester United Legends 2: Henrik Larsson rolls back the years for charity". Daily Mail Online. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  21. ^ Staff (7 May 2012). "Ralf Little gets an international cap for Sealand". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 

External links

  • Ralf Little at the Internet Movie Database
  • "How We Met: Jemima Rooper & Ralf Little". The Independent on Sunday. 24 August 2008. 
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