|Born||Ralf Alistair J.B. Little
8 February 1980
Oldham, Greater Manchester, England
Ralf Alistair J.B. Little (born 8 February 1980) is an English actor, writer and semi-professional footballer, working mainly on television. He is perhaps best known for playing Antony Royle, the son in the series The Royle Family, Jonny Keogh in the first six series of sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Danny in Massive.
Little was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, and grew up in Bury. He attended Bolton School (Boys' Division), where he recently returned for a Badminton tournament, at which he was unsuccessful. Some of his early television roles included minor roles in various programmes such as Elidor, Children's Ward, Sloggers, Bostock's Cup, Always and Everyone, and a production of Aladdin.
Ralf's "big break" came when he was offered to play Antony Royle in the BBC sitcom, The Royle Family. He took three months out of his 'A' Level studies to record the series, after which he returned to school and scraped the grades he needed to get into his chosen course at university. Shortly after starting his medical degree at university, the first series of The Royle Family began to air and offers to audition started coming Little's way, as many as five per week. This prompted him to abandon his studies and focus on his acting career. The original run of the series was from Autumn 1998 to December 2000, and it returned for Christmas specials in 2006 & 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 eight 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, and his character was therefore killed off screen in the first episode of the seventh series.
His film credits include 24 Hour Party People (playing Joy Division and New Order bass player Peter Hook) and Al's Lads. Little also starred as Stephen, alongside Anne-Marie Duff, in Oscar-nominee Roger Goldby's film The Waiting Room, released throughout the UK in June 2008.
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.
In early 2008 Little appeared in adverts for McVitie's digestive biscuits, did the voiceover for SMA baby formula adverts, as well as in 2009 the Asda Rollback adverts. He also provided the narration for series two and three of Monkey Life.
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 in the year. In April 2009, he began filming the role of Clint in the ITV comedy drama Married Single Other. He will also work on the film Powder.
Since 2008, Ralf Little has voiced over in the Asda commercials.
Little, a supporter of Manchester United, 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. He joined Isthmian League side Edgware Town in October 2004, making his debut in the FA Vase game against Waltham Abbey.
He played for Chertsey Town during the 2007-08 season and on 8 July 2008 signed for North West Counties League side Stone Dominoes. He has also on a few occasions played celebrity football matches for charity 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.