|Born||Lawrence Douglas Lamb
10 October 1947
Edmonton, Middlesex, England
|Education||Edmonton County Grammar School|
|Alma mater||St. Francis Xavier University|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4.0 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Martin (m. 1979-1996; divorced)|
|Partner(s)||Clare Burt (1996—)|
Lawrence Douglas "Larry" Lamb (born Archie Mitchell in the BBC television soap EastEnders, Mick Shipman in the BBC television romantic comedy Gavin & Stacey and Mischievous Marty in the cult sitcom Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?10 October 1947) is an English actor and radio talk-show presenter. He played
Lamb was born on 10 October 1947 in Edmonton, London to Jessie White and Ronald Douglas Lamb, 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.
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)
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, Lamb began playing Archie Mitchell, the father of Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders. He based his portrayal of Archie on his own father. 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, Lamb 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".
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.
In 2013, Lamb began presenting a regular Sunday morning show on LBC.
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 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.
In 2011, Lamb participated in the BBC's "Who Do You Think You Are" and found out that he was descended from a line of proprietors of Day's Menagerie and the famous Martini Bartlett lion tamer. 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).
In 2011, Lamb's autobiography Mummy's Boy was published by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder and Stoughton.
Awards and nominations
|1983||Superman III||Miner 2|
|1984||Mon ami Washington||English title: My Friend Washington|
|Flight to Berlin||Specialist Dale Sizemore|
|Hearts of Fire||Jack Rosner|
|1998||Place Vendôme||Christopher Makos|
|2000||Essex Boys||Peter Chase|
|One of the Hollywood Ten||Will Geer|
|2009||Blood: The Last Vampire||General McKee|
|2011||Two Minutes||William||Short Film|
|2012||Rose, Mary and Time||Barneys Dad||Short Film|
- The New Avengers... (1 episode, 1977)... Williams
- Hazell (1 episode, 1979)... Ned Barrow
- The Dick Francis Thriller The Racing Game (1 episode, 1979)... Steve
- Armchair Triller (1 episode, 1980)... CPO Chalky White
- Fox (11 episodes, 1980)... Joey Fox
- The Professionals (1 episode, 1980)... Jack Craine
- Saturday Night Thriller (1 episode, 1982)... Mr. Roy Salinger (Only for a second)
- Triangle (78 episodes, 1981–83)... Matt Taylor
- Jemima Shore Investigates (1 episode, 1983)... Max Highams
- Minder (1 episode, 1984)... Greg Collins
- Christopher Columbus (1985)... Don Castillo
- Boon (1 episode, 1986)... Alan Prendergest
- Harry's Kingdom (1987)... Terry Stewart
- Theatre Night (1 episode, 1987)... The Sergeant
- Fratelli (1988)... Mauro Barberi
- Pursuit (1989)... Davi
- A Little Piece of Sunshine (1990)... Desmond Hannah
- Screenplay (1 episode, 1991)... UNKNOWN
- Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery (1992)... Kenneth Noye
- Lovejoy (2 episodes, 1992)... Gerald Somers
- TV Hell (1992)... Himself
- Between the Lines (1 episode, 1992)... Dennis Ralston
- Get Back (3 episodes, 1992)... Albert Sweet
- White Goods (1994)... Jonnie Dow
- Doggin Around (1994)... Ken
- In Suspicious Circumstances (1 episode, 1994)... Weldon Atherstone
- The Wimbledon Poisoner (2 episodes, 1994)... Dr. Donald Templeton
- A Touch of Frost (1 episode, 1995)... Mike Ross
- Strangers (1 episode, 1996)... Leonard
- Our Friends in the North (2 episodes, 1996)... Alan Roe
- Annie's Bar (10 episodes, 1996)... Terry Dunning
- The Missing Postman (1997)... Trevor Ramsay
- Supply & Demand (6 episodes, 1998) ... Simon Hughes
- The Blonde Bombshell (1999)... Will Humphreys
- Taggart (1 episode, 1999)... Martin Strange
- Casualty (1 episode, 1999)... Father Peter Harker
- Home Sweet Home (2001) (Voice)
- Kavanagh QC (1 episode, 2001)... Alan Rainer
- Midsomer Murders (1 episode, 2001)... Melvyn Stockard
- Cathedral (2005) Thomas a Beckett
- Murphy's Law (4 episodes, 2005)... George Garvey
- The Bill (20 episodes, 2004–05)... Jonathan Fox
- Silent Witness (1 episode, 2006)... Max Wheaton
- Spooks (1 episode, 2006)... Iain Kaillis
- Gavin & Stacey How It Happened (2007)... Himself
- Movie Connections (1 episode, 2009)... Himself
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (1 episode, 2009)... Himself
- The British Soap Awards 2009 (2009)... Himself
- Would I Lie to You (1 episode, 2009)... Himself
- Paul O'Grady Show (1 episode, 2009)... Himself
- GMTV (2 episodes, 2004–09)... Himself
- EastEnders (150 episodes, 2008–09)... Archie Mitchell
- The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties (2009) ... Himself/Mick (also archive footage)
- Gavin & Stacey (20 episodes, 2007–10)... Mick Shipman
- Gavin & Stacey: The Outtakes (2010)... Himself
- The National Television Awards 2010 (2010)... Himself
- EastEnders The Greatest Cliffhangers ... Archie Mitchell ... (1 episode, 2010) (also archive footage)... Himself
- The ONE Show (3 episodes, 2009–13)... Himself
- Breakfast (1 episode, 2010)... Himself-Actor
- EastEnders Live The Aftermath (2010)... Himself-Guest
- The Weakest Link (1 episode, 2010)... Himself
- Loose Women (3 episodes, 2008–10)... Himself
- George and Larry Lamb's Parent Trip (2010)... Himself
- The British Soap Awards 2010 (2010)... Himself
- An Audience with Michael Buble (2010)... Himself
- Men About the House (2010)... Himself
- The Million Pound Drop Live (1 episode, 2010)... Himself
- My Life on Books (1 episode, 2011)... Himself
- The Wright Stuff (2 episodes, 2010–11)... Himself
- Celebrity Juice (1 episode, 2011)...Himself
- The Magicians (1 episode, 2011)...Himself
- When Royals Wed (4 episodes, 2011)...Himself
- Who Do You Think You Are? (1 episode, 2011)...Himself
- National Treasures Live (1 episode, 2011)...Himself
- A Picture of Health (5 episodes)...Himself
- Rome: The World's First Superpower (2014)...Himself
- Gareth's All Star Choir (2014)...Himself
- New Tricks (2015)...Ted Case
- Colin Daniels and Paul Millar (2010-06-20). "Larry Lamb: 'I ran away from my daughter'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- "Larry Lamb inspired by 'evil' dad". Metro. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
- "Schools - Teachers - Off By Heart Shakespeare: As You Like It "All the world's a stage"". BBC. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
- "UK theatre programmes 1970's". THEATRICALIA. Retrieved 2011-08-27.
- Other works for Larry Lamb IMDb.com
- George Lamb: My dad's not evil! This is Hull and East Riding, 8 April 2009
- I’ve got daughters here... and in Africa The Sun, 11 February 2010
- "Who Do You Think You Are?". National Fairground Archive. University of Sheffield. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- Rachael Bletchly (26 September 2013). "Ed Miliband issues rallying cry at Daily Mirror's Labour Party Conference bash - Mirror Online". mirror.
- "Villain of the Year - British Soap Awards 2010 - Pictures - Tvradio". Virgin Media. Retrieved 2011-07-08.