Laurence Rickard

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Laurence Rickard
The starring cast of TV series Horrible Histories arrives at the Children's BAFTAs, 27 November 2011.jpg
L-R: Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Mathew Baynton, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond and Jim Howick at 2011 Children's BAFTAs.
Born
Laurence Carl Rickard[1]

(1975-06-14) 14 June 1975 (age 44)
Brighton, England
NationalityEnglish
Other namesLarry Rickard
EducationBrunel University London[2]
OccupationActor, writer, comedian
Years active2004–present
Notable credit(s)
Horrible Histories, Bill, Yonderland, Tracey Ullman's Show
Partner(s)Mary Phillips
ChildrenIsaac Rickard
Websitelaurencerickard.com

Laurence Carl "Larry" Rickard (born 14 June 1975) is an English actor, writer and comedian best known as a member of the British Horrible Histories troupe in which he starred in the TV series Horrible Histories, Yonderland and Ghosts. He is also one half of the comedy writing/performance duo "Larry and George" with George Sawyer.

Career[edit]

Rickard has written for numerous UK comedy shows, notably including The Armstrong and Miller Show, The Charlotte Church Show and The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson, as well as children's programme Me and My Monsters.

He is perhaps best known for his role as a principal cast member, lyricist and writer for the award-winning CBBC programme Horrible Histories, in particular for creating and performing the character of 'Special Correspondent' Bob Hale (a parody of presenter Peter Snow).[3] He has also appeared regularly on the spin-off game show Horrible Histories: Gory Games[4] and in the Horrible Histories BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.[5]

Along with the five other members of the Horrible Histories starring cast, Rickard is also the co-creator, -writer and -star of Yonderland, a family fantasy comedy series that premiered on SkyOne on 10 November 2013. A second series was released in 2015 and a third has since been commissioned and began filming in early 2016.[6] In addition he is the co-writer of Bill, a BBC-produced comedy film which is based loosely around the early life of William Shakespeare and involves the same starring troupe.[7] Filming took place in 2014, and the film had a nationwide UK release in September 2015.[8]

As a performer he has also appeared in the Channel Four Comedy Lab 'Private Lives' as well as the TV series Balls of Steel.

He is also a writer and performer on Tracey Ullman's Show[9] and Tracey Breaks the News. While he has played numerous roles on the shows, his most recent recurring role is that of Philip May, the husband of Prime Minister Theresa May.

He co-wrote and starred in the 2019 BBC sitcom Ghosts.

Personal life[edit]

Laurence Carl Rickard was born on 14 June 1975 in Brighton, England, he is professionally known as Laurence Rickard but often called Larry. He is always credited as "Laurence Rickard".

He currently lives in Sussex with his partner Mary Philips and their dog. Laurence Rickard made it public on May 14, 2018 that he had a 9 week old son named Isaac Rickard. Three days later, on May 17, he posted a picture of his baby son on Twitter. Of the main six actors of Horrible Histories, Rickard is the fourth to become a parent, after his co stars Mat Baynton, Ben Willbond and Simon Farnaby.

Awards[edit]

Year Project Award Event Notes
2010 Horrible Histories Best TV Sketch Show British Comedy Awards
2010 Horrible Histories Best Writing BAFTA (Children's)
2010 Horrible Histories Best Comedy BAFTA (Children's)
2010 Horrible Histories Best Children's Show (non-fiction) Prix Jeunesse
2011 Horrible Histories Best Acting Kidscreen Awards Entire Cast
2011 Horrible Histories Best British Comedy British Comedy Guide Awards
2011 Horrible Histories Best TV Sketch Show British Comedy Guide Awards
2011 Horrible Histories Best TV Sketch Show British Comedy Awards
2011 Horrible Histories Best Children's Programme Broadcast Awards
2011 Horrible Histories Best Comedy BAFTA (Children's)
2011 Horrible Histories Best Children's Programme RTS Awards
2012 Horrible Histories Best Comedy BAFTA (Children's)
2012 Horrible Histories Best TV Sketch Show British Comedy Guide Awards
2012 Horrible Histories Best Children's Programme Rose d'Or
2012 Horrible Histories Best Acting Kidscreen Awards Entire Cast
2013 Horrible Histories Best Comedy BAFTA (Children's)
2013 Horrible Histories Best TV Sketch Show British Comedy Guide Awards
2014 Horrible Histories Special Prize: Best Children's Non-Fiction of the Last 50 Years [10] Prix Jeunesse

References[edit]

  1. ^ England and Wales Birth Index 1916–2005
  2. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/Lazbotron/status/235101812015894529
  3. ^ "Lion Television . Horrible Histories".
  4. ^ "Lion Television . HH: Gory Games".
  5. ^ "Laurence Rickard".
  6. ^ "Sky1 to visit Yonderland". Sky1 website. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Stars of Horrible Histories to make Shakespeare film". BBC Media Centre. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Bill: production details". British Comedy Guide. comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  9. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06wkc6f/tracey-ullmans-show-episode-1
  10. ^ http://www.prixjeunesse.de/index.php/festival-2016/2014

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