Mark Little (Australian actor)
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20 October 1959 |
Little appeared in a string of Australian films and TV series during the 1980s. He also performed his own comedy/performance in Melbourne's burgeoning comedy clubs throughout the eighties. His longest-running television role was as Joe Mangel in the soap opera Neighbours. He played the role for three years until 1991. The role gave his profile a big boost in the United Kingdom where Neighbours was being watched by ten million people every day at the time. He consequently has spent much of his career in the UK, living for much of the time near the seafront in Brighton and later north London.
He has taken many self-devised shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured them nationally throughout the UK. In 1994 he replaced Chris Evans as the presenter of The Big Breakfast. He has also narrated cult TV series The Villa on Sky TV.
He has worked on films such as Blackball and in the West End with his one man show Defending the Caveman, which also won the Laurence Olivier Award in 2000. He returned to Neighbours as Joe for a brief period in 2005.
Since 2009 Little has appeared regularly on the discussion show, The Wright Stuff.
As well as extended runs of Defending the Caveman at London's Leicester Square Theatre, he has extensively toured the play around the UK.
In June 2010 Mark made his directorial debut starring in, designing and directing Jack Hibberd's A Stretch of the Imagination at The Cock Tavern Theatre in Kilburn to critical acclaim, receiving Time Out Critic's Choice. In the same year he appeared on Celebrity Masterchef, where he impressed in the first round but narrowly missed out on progressing. He won the theatre-land edition of "The Weakest Link" donating his winnings to Hove's Martlets Hospice of which he is a patron.
Mark appeared as a regular on Big Brother's Bit On The Side.
In 2011 Mark wrote and directed the comedy film ROBIN. It was intended as a pilot for a comedy series but was rejected by both the BBC and Channel 4. The original film, shot in a field in England, can be seen here on VIMEO
He is back on the comedy circuit and is writing comedy films and poetry. Little appeared in a documentary special celebrating Neighbours' 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.
Mark Little is married to Cath Farr, who is Mark's collaborator, having produced his live shows and directed Defending the Caveman. She also produced the comedy film Robin. They have two children: Angus H Little, who is a stand up comedian and performer in the percussion show Stomp, and Jasper Valentine, a musician and film maker, who also performs in Stomp in London's West End.
Together, Mark and Cath won Brighton's Festival of Artist's Open Houses, 'Best Open House' Award for Cath Farr's The Art of Fun in 2008.
- 1985 Australian Television Society Award, Best Actor for 'The Flying Doctors'
- 1997 Paramount Comedy Award, Edinburgh Fringe for 'Psychobubble'
- 2000 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, 'Defending the Caveman'
- 2008 Contributing Artist: Brighton Festival of Artists Open Houses, Best Open House: Cath Farr's The Art of Fun
- Australian Film Institute: Nominations for Best Supporting Actor: 1985 "An Indecent Obsession" (Ben Maynard) and 1987 "Short Changed" (Curly)
- Australian Logie Awards: Nomination for Best Supporting Actor 1984 'Waterfront' (Alan)
- Australian Television Society: Nomination for Best Actor 1990 "Neighbours" (Joe Mangel)
- Skyways (1980) TV series
- Cop Shop (1981) TV series
- The Sullivans (1981) TV series
- Tennis Elbow (1982) as Sidney Tower
- The Clinic (1982), Basil
- Starstruck (1982) as Carl
- Waterfront (1984) TV miniseries as Allan
- Wills & Burke (1985) as John King
- An Indecent Obsession (1985) as Benedict Maynard
- The Dunera Boys (1985) (TV) a Pete Dunstan
- The Flying Doctors (1985) TV miniseries as 'Roughneck' Ron
- The Flying Doctors (1986) TV series as Ron Miller (1986)
- Short Changed (1986) as Curly
- The Gillies Republic (1986) TV series
- A Matter of Convenience (1987) (TV) as Roger Purvis
- Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark) (1988) as Constable Morris
- Bachelor Girl (1988) as Waiter
- Neighbours (1985) TV series as Joe Mangel (1988–1991, 2005)
- Nirvana Street Murder (1990) as Boady
- Golden Braid (1990) as Punk
- Greenkeeping (1992) as Lenny
- The Villa (1999) TV series as Narrator (1999–2000)
- Distant Shadow (1999) as The Landlord
- The Rat Trap (1999)
- Motion (2001) as Foreman
- Summer Rain (2001) as Travel Agency Manager
- Blackball (2003) as Mark Doohan
- Casualty (2008) as Gary Forrester
- Emmerdale (2008) as Jonty DeLorean
- Whites (2010) as Darryl Sommers
- Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite (2015) as Himself
- "Defending The Caveman, starring Mark Little – National Tour 2010". Defendingthecaveman.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- Knox, David (28 February 2015). "Airdate: Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
- Kilkelly, Daniel (4 March 2015). "Neighbours 30th anniversary schedule confirmed by Channel 5". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15.