Larry Lamb

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Larry Lamb
Born Lawrence Douglas Lamb
(1947-10-10) 10 October 1947 (age 66)
Edmonton, Middlesex, England
Education Edmonton County Grammar School
Alma mater St. Francis Xavier University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Notable work(s) See below
Height 1.93 metres (6 ft 4.0 in)
Television EastEnders
Gavin & Stacey
The Bill
Supply & Demand
The Missing Postman
Annie's Bar
Get Back
Triangle
Spouse(s) Linda Martin (m. 1979–96) (divorced)
Partner(s) Clare Burt (1996–present)
Children 5

Lawrence Douglas "Larry" Lamb (born (1947-10-10)10 October 1947) is an English actor and radio talk-show presenter. He played Archie Mitchell in the BBC television soap EastEnders, Michael Shipman in the BBC television show Gavin & Stacey and Mischievous Marty in the cult sitcom Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Early life[edit]

Lamb was born Lawrence Douglas Lamb on 10 October 1947 in Edmonton, London to Jessie White and Ronald Douglas Lamb. He is the eldest of four including his brother, Wesley and a sister. Lamb had a turbulent childhood; he was verbally abused by his father and often had to keep his parents from fighting.[1] Lamb attended Edmonton County School, and later joined the oil industry, which resulted in him working in Libya and Canada, where he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. This developed his amateur interest in acting to a professional level, and he performed at Canada's Stratford Festival in 1975–76. Lamb is distantly related to Edward Buckton Lamb (1806-1869), a Victorian architect who designed St Martin's Gospel Oak and St Mary Addiscombe. (See Victorian Architecture Dixon)

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

After returning to Britain from Canada, Lamb became a regular cast member, along with Kate O'Mara, in the BBC's North Sea ferry-based soap Triangle (1981–83), in which he played Matt Taylor, the ship's Chief Engineer.

Other credits include The New Avengers, The Professionals, Fox, Minder, Lovejoy, Get Back, A Touch of Frost, Our Friends in the North, Taggart, Casualty, Kavanagh QC, Spooks, Midsomer Murders, and The Bill.

Between 2007 and 2010, Lamb appeared in Gavin & Stacey playing Gavin's father, Michael "Mick" Shipman.

In 2008, he began playing Archie Mitchell, the father of Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders. He based his portrayal of Archie on his own father.[2] He left the show in April 2009 but returned in July the same year, around the same time that Danniella Westbrook returned to her role of Archie's niece, Sam Mitchell. Archie was killed off in a murder storyline at Christmas 2009. On 19 February 2010, Larry appeared with his son, George Lamb, in EastEnders Live: The Aftermath, after the identity of Archie's killer was revealed.

In April 2011, BBC Learning launched "Off By Heart Shakespeare", a school recital contest for secondary school pupils. For the project Larry took on the role of Jaques from the play As You Like It and delivered the speech: "All the world's a stage".[3]

Film[edit]

Lamb's films include Buster and Essex Boys. In 1983, he had a small speaking role in Superman III.

In 2009, Lamb starred alongside Liam Cunningham in Blood: The Last Vampire, in the role of General McKee.

Theatre[edit]

In 1978 Lamb appeared in Filumena by Eduardo De Filippo opposite Joan Plowright, Colin Blakely, Patricia Hayes and directed by Franco Zeffirelli.[4]

In 1992, Lamb acted in James Saunders' play, Making It Better, at the Criterion Theatre in London, with Jane Asher, David de Keyser, Rufus Sewell and directed by Michael Rudman. 1994 saw Lamb act in two plays. The Sisters Rosensweig alongside Janet Suzman and Maureen Lipman (THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG - Wendy Wasserstein (Greenwich) Maureen Lipman, Janet Suzman, Lynda Bellingham, Larry Lamb, Brian Protheroe, Robert East)Phyllis Nagy's play, Butterfly Kiss, at the Almeida Theatre in London with Susan Brown, Oliver Cotton, Sandra Dickinson, directed by Steven Pimlott.[5]

Radio[edit]

In 2013, Lamb became a radio talk-show host presenting a regular Sunday morning show on LBC

Personal life[edit]

Lamb lives with his girlfriend, Clare Burt. He is the father of BBC 6 Music disc jockey, Celebrity Scissorhands and Big Brother's Little Brother presenter George Lamb, from his previous marriage to Linda Martin. He has another son named John who works in the motor industry and lives in Buckinghamshire. He also has three daughters, Vanessa Clare Lamb (born 1969), Eloise Alexandra (born 1999 in Islington) and Eva-Mathilde Lamb (born 2003 in Camden) with Clare Burt.[6]

Lamb is sponsoring two young Senegalese girls, Fatou and Oumou, through school.[7]

In 2011, Lamb participated in the BBC production of "Who Do You Think You Are" and found out that he descended from a line of proprietors of Day's Menagerie and the famous Martini Bartlett lion tamer.[8] He is also distantly related to Edward Buckton Lamb (1806 - 1869) who was a Victorian architect. E.B. Lamb designed St Martin Gospel Oak and St Mary Addiscombe Surrey.(Victorian architecture - Dixon/Muthesius).

Larry Lamb's autobiography Mummy's Boy was published in the UK in 2011 by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder and Stoughton.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Lamb won the award for Best Villain at the 2010 British Soap Awards.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Superman Reporter 1
1983 Superman III Miner 2
1984 Mon ami Washington English title: My Friend Washington
Flight to Berlin Specialist Dale Sizemore
1985 Shadey Dick Darnley
Underworld Roy Bain
1987 Ubac Larry
Hearts of Fire Jack Rosner
1988 Buster Bruce Reynolds
1998 Place Vendôme Christopher Makos
2000 Essex Boys Peter Chase
One of the Hollywood Ten Will Geer
2004 Deadlines Paul Baker
Fakers Harvey Steed
2009 Blood: The Last Vampire General McKee
2011 Two Minutes William Short Film
2012 Rose, Mary and Time Barneys Dad Short Film

Television work[edit]

  • A Picture of Health (5 episodes)...Himself
  • National Treasures Live (1 episode, 2011)...Himself
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (1 episode, 2011)...Himself
  • When Royals Wed (4 episodes, 2011)...Himself
  • The Magicians (1 episode, 2011)...Himself
  • Celebrity Juice (1 episode, 2011)...Himself
  • The Wright Stuff (2 episodes, 2010–11)... Himself
  • My Life on Books (1 episode, 2011)... Himself
  • The Million Pound Drop Live (1 episode, 2010)... Himself
  • Men About the House (2010)... Himself
  • An Audience with Michael Buble (2010)... Himself
  • The British Soap Awards 2010 (2010)... Himself
  • George and Larry Lamb's Parent Trip (2010)... Himself
  • Loose Women (3 episodes, 2008–10)... Himself
  • The Weakest Link (1 episode, 2010)... Himself
  • EastEnders Live The Aftermath (2010)... Himself-Guest
  • Breakfast (1 episode, 2010)... Himself-Actor
  • The ONE Show (3 episodes, 2009–13)... Himself
  • EastEnders The Greatest Cliffhangers ... Archie Mitchell ... (1 episode, 2010) (also archive footage)... Himself
  • National Television Awards (2010)... Himself
  • Gavin & Stacey The Out-Takes (2010)... Himself
  • Gavin & Stacey (20 episodes, 2007–10)... Mick Shipman
  • The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties (2009) ... Himself/Mick (also archive footage)
  • EastEnders (150 episodes, 2008–09)... Archie Mitchell
  • GMTV (2 episodes, 2004–09)... Himself
  • Paul O'Grady Show (1 episode, 2009)... Himself
  • Would I Lie to You (1 episode, 2009)... Himself
  • The British Soap Awards 2009 (2009)... Himself
  • Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (1 episode, 2009)... Himself
  • Movie Connections (1 episode, 2009)... Himself
  • Gavin & Stacey How It Happened (2007)... Himself
  • Spooks (1 episode, 2006)... Iain Kaillis
  • Silent Witness (1 episode, 2006)... Max Wheaton
  • The Bill (20 episodes, 2004–05)... Jonathan Fox
  • Murphy's Law (4 episodes, 2005)... George Garvey
  • Cathedral (2005) Thomas a Beckett
  • Midsomer Murders (1 episode, 2001)... Melvyn Stockard
  • Kavanagh QC (1 episode, 2001)... Alan Rainer
  • Home Sweet Home (2001) (Voice)
  • Casualty (1 episode, 1999)... Father Peter Harker
  • Taggart (1 episode, 1999)... Martin Strange
  • The Blonde Bombshell (1999)... Will Humphreys
  • Supply & Demand (6 episodes, 1998) ... Simon Hughes
  • The Missing Postman (1997)... Trevor Ramsay
  • Annie's Bar (10 episodes, 1996)... Terry Dunning
  • Our Friends in the North (2 episodes, 1996)... Alan Roe
  • Strangers (1 episode, 1996)... Leonard
  • A Touch of Frost (1 episode, 1995)... Mike Ross
  • The Wimbledon Poisoner (2 episodes, 1994)... Dr. Donald Templeton
  • In Suspicious Circumstances (1 episode, 1994)... Weldon Atherstone
  • Doggin Around (1994)... Ken
  • White Goods (1994)... Jonnie Dow
  • Get Back (3 episodes, 1992)... Albert Sweet
  • Between the Lines (1 episode, 1992)... Dennis Ralston
  • TV Hell (1992)... Himself
  • Lovejoy (2 episodes, 1992)... Gerald Somers
  • Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery (1992)... Kenneth Noye
  • Screenplay (1 episode, 1991)... UNKNOWN
  • A Little Piece of Sunshine (1990)... Desmond Hannah
  • Pursuit (1989)... Davi
  • Fratelli (1988)... Mauro Barberi
  • Theatre Night (1 episode, 1987)... The Sergeant
  • Harry's Kingdom (1987)... Terry Stewart
  • Boon (1 episode, 1986)... Alan Prendergest
  • Christopher Columbus (1985)... Don Castillo
  • Minder (1 episode, 1984)... Greg Collins
  • Jemima Shore Investigates (1 episode, 1983)... Max Highams
  • Triangle (78 episodes, 1981–83)... Matt Taylor
  • Saturday Night Thriller (1 episode, 1982)... Mr. Roy Salinger (Only for a second)
  • The Professionals (1 episode, 1980)... Jack Craine
  • Fox (11 episodes, 1980)... Joey Fox
  • Armchair Triller (1 episode, 1980)... CPO Chalky White
  • The Dick Francis Thriller The Racing Game (1 episode, 1979)... Steve
  • Hazell (1 episode, 1979)... Ned Barrow
  • The New Avengers... (1 episode, 1977)... Williams

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colin Daniels and Paul Millar (2010-06-20). "Larry Lamb: 'I ran away from my daughter'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Larry Lamb inspired by 'evil' dad". Metro. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Schools - Teachers - Off By Heart Shakespeare: As You Like It "All the world's a stage"". BBC. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  4. ^ "UK theatre programmes 1970's". THEATRICALIA. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  5. ^ Other works for Larry Lamb IMDb.com
  6. ^ George Lamb: My dad's not evil! This is Hull and East Riding, 8 April 2009
  7. ^ I’ve got daughters here... and in Africa The Sun, 11 February 2010
  8. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are?". National Fairground Archive. University of Sheffield. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  9. ^ "Villain of the Year - British Soap Awards 2010 - Pictures - Tvradio". Virgin Media. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 

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