24 December 1961 |
East London, England
Ricky Grover (born 24 December 1961) is an English actor and comedian. His stepfather was an armed robber and his mother a hairdresser. He first cousin is Jimmy Doherty (farmer). Grover became a ladies' hairdresser and a champion boxer, with the nickname Ricky 'Goodnight' Grover due to his big punching power. He then become a stand-up comedian, actor and occasional television presenter. He is best known for his role as Andrew Cotton in EastEnders. Grover is dyslexic and could not read or write until his early thirties.
Born in East London, Grover has appeared in television programmes including Red Dwarf, Fist of Fun, 'Orrible, The 11 O'Clock Show, Honky Sausages and Black Books. He also provided the voice acting for the character of Yangus in the English language version of the PlayStation 2 game Dragon Quest VIII.
In 2000, he won the Best Actor award at the Brest European Short Film Festival for his performance in Hungry (1998) One of his most regular characters is "Bulla", a violent offender who originally featured on The 11 O'Clock Show and was interviewed by Michael Parkinson. Other fans of Bulla include, Ray Winstone, Dizzee Rascal, Jools Holland and Jamie Oliver. He had a guest appearance in Top Buzzer. In 2011 he starred and co-wrote the feature length film Big Fat Gypsy Gangster with his wife, Maria Grover.
In 2006, Grover presented the documentary F*** Off I'm Fat as part of BBC Three's first "Body Image" season. In 2007 he presented a peak-time Tonight With Trevor McDonald report on obesity and a BBC Two episode of Grandad's Back in Business in which he mentored two stand-up comedians.
Since July 2009 he has played the part of Matron Hilary Loftus in the BAFTA award winning BBC Four medical 'docu-sitcom' Getting On, directed by Peter Capaldi. He had a role in the vampire film Dead Cert (directed by Steven Lawson) and in the horror drama Tony (directed by Gerard Johnson). which was released in UK cinemas on 5 February 2010
Ricky Grover also had a role in an episode of Not Going Out in 2011, playing a drug dealing butcher. An article in The Sun newspaper on 11 June 2011 confirmed that Grover had joined the BBC soap EastEnders 
- Punch (1996)
- Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis (1997)
- Hungry (1998)
- Love, Honour and Obey (2000)
- Revolver (2005)
- Cargo (2006)
- Tony (2009)
- Getting On (2009–2012)
- Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (2010)
- EastEnders (2011–12)
- Being Human (2013)
Video game roles
- Dragon Quest VIII – Yangus
- Sit-Down Comedy (contributor to anthology, ed Malcolm Hardee & John Fleming) Ebury Press/Random House, 2003. ISBN 0-09-188924-3.
- "Scotsman, 11th August 2002". Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- "BBC website, 18th September 2002". Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- "Phuket Gazette, 25 January 2008". Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- "IMDB list of awards for Hungry". Retrieved 2007-09-23.
- More cast, new poster for vampire film DEAD CERT
- Tony Sneaks into Slamdance 2010
- Slamdance '10: 'Tony' Makes Friends the Gruesome Way
- First Stills from Revolver Entertainment's 'Tony'
- Images Surface for Serial Killer Flick Tony
- The Sun (London) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/soaps/3632058/Linda-Henry-bags-a-ride-in-a-bumper-car-with-EastEnders-newcomer-Ricky-Grover.html
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