Ivan Little

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Ivan Little (born 1951) is a journalist and actor from Northern Ireland.

Journalism career[edit]

Little was born in September 1951, and began his career as a journalist working for The Portadown Times and the Belfast Telegraph.[1] He moved into broadcasting by joining Downtown Radio.[2] He joined Ulster Television as a reporter in 1980.[3] In his career at UTV, he reported for Good Evening Ulster, Six Tonight and UTV Live.[citation needed]

Little took voluntary redundancy from the station in January 2009.[4] At the time, he stated his intention to become a freelance journalist and to maintain an association with his employers of 29 years.[5]

Acting career[edit]

Little has appeared on stage in the plays The Quare Gunk,[6] Scenes from the Big Picture, Educating Rita and Dealer's Choice.[7] He starred in The History of the Troubles (according to my Da)'.[8] He appeared in a UTV documentary in 2007 discussing his involvement in the play's production.[9]

On taking voluntary redundancy at UTV, Little stated in a newspaper interview his desire to devote more time to acting and confirmed he had two major roles in prospect.[10]

He made SEVERAL appearances as various characters in the BBC Northern Ireland program "Give My Head peace" from the late 1990’s to the mid 2000’s

Personal life[edit]

Little attended Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast and studied journalism at the Belfast College of Commerce.[11] He published his autobiography Little by Little in 2005. He has two daughters,[12] one of them being actress Emma Little.


  1. ^ "A Little goes a long way", BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, dated 7 November 2005.
  2. ^ "Have they got news for you", BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, 6 December 2006; accessed 5 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Ivan itch for change", belfasttelegraph.co.uk, 18 January 2009; accessed 5 February 2009.
  4. ^ The News Letter: "Two popular faces leaving UTV": dated 20 January 2009; accessed 20 January 2009
  5. ^ Sunday Life: "Ivan itch for change": dated 18 January 2009; accessed 5 February 2009
  6. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Big break for TV's Ivan as he dies on stage"; dated 2 May 1996, accessed 17 June 2008
  7. ^ Sunday Life: "Ivan itch for change": dated 18 January 2009; accessed 5 February 2009
  8. ^ News Letter: "Ivan's curtain call for play fans"; dated 2 February 2007, accessed 17 June 2008
  9. ^ UTV Press Office: "Behind the Scenes on "A History of the Troubles (according to Ivan Little)"; dated 22 February 2007
  10. ^ Sunday Life: "Ivan itch for change": dated 18 January 2009; accessed 5 February 2009
  11. ^ "Legendary career of larger than life Ivan", newsletter.co.uk, 23 March 2009; accessed 6 January 2010.
  12. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "A Little goes a long way", belfasttelegraph.co.uk, 7 November 2005.

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