Ralf Little

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Ralf Little
BornRalf Alastair John Little
8 February 1980 (age 38)
Oldham, England
OccupationActor, writer, footballer
Association football career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Staines Town
2003 Maidstone United
2004 Edgware Town
2007–2008 Chertsey Town
2008 Stone Dominoes
National team
2012–2013 Sealand 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ralf Alastair John Little (born 8 February 1980) is an English actor, writer and semi-professional footballer, working mainly in television comedy. He has played Antony Royle in The Royle Family and Jonny Keogh in the first six series of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Early life[edit]

Little was born in Oldham and attended Bolton School (Boys' Division) and his parents work as accountants.[1]

Some of his early television roles included minor roles in various programmes such as Elidor, Children's Ward and Sloggers.[2]


Actor, writer, producer, Ralf Little has carved a successful career for himself as one of Britain's most enduring stars. His face has been flickering on our TV screens for two decades in well-known roles and he is an Olivier nominated regular at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, and West End. He started on what is still considered one of the country’s most beloved sitcoms, The Royle Family - which earned thirteen BAFTA nominations and two wins - before going on to star as Jonny in the long running and popular hit sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. He has also appeared on numerous other popular TV series, including Our Zoo (2014), Lewis (2015), Midsomer Murders (2016), and Doctor Who (2016) to name a few.

In 2002, Ralf penned and hosted his own BBC3 chat show, The Ralf Little Show, whose guest list featured Martin Freeman, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. Following its success, Ralf decided to try his hand at more writing. His first online novel The Golden Generation (co-written with Stephen Morris) was published in 2007, and the proceeds were dedicated to Shelter, a charity focused on ending homelessness. He went on (alongside Michelle Terry) to write, create, and star in Sky One's comedy The Cafe (2011) as well as the hugely popular one-off episode 'Space Age' for Playhouse Presents (2014), which broke ratings records for its transmission slot.

Starring alongside the likes of James Corden, Simon Pegg and Kevin Spacey, Ralf’s film credits encompass 24 Hour Party People (2002), The Waiting Room (2007) and Telstar (2008), all of which have achieved great critical acclaim.  He is a London theatre regular from the National Theatre to the Royal Court to recent West End shows, Dead Funny and Lady Killers. He earned an Olivier Award nomination for Most Promising Actor for his portrayal of the young George Harrison in Presence at the Royal Court Theatre and has been called a “National Treasure” by Fabric Magazine.  Ralf is a UK Citizen with papers and based between London, NYC, and LA.

Football career[edit]

Little playing in a charity match, September 2016

Little, a supporter of Manchester United,[3] is a keen footballer and has played for a number of semi-professional clubs when other commitments allow. In March 2003 he played for Maidstone United against Wimbledon, having previously been training with Staines Town.[4] He joined Isthmian League side Edgware Town in October 2004, making his debut in the FA Vase game against Waltham Abbey.[5]

He played for Chertsey Town during the 2007–08 season and on 8 July 2008 signed for North West Counties League side Stone Dominoes.[6] He has also played celebrity football matches for charity on a few occasions[7][8] and played with members of Hollywood United while in the district for acting career purposes. He also plays for the Arsenal Ex-Pro and Celebrity XI.[9] On 6 June 2010, he participated in a Soccer Aid game for England on the left wing.

On 9 August 2011, he played in the John Kennedy testimonial match for Manchester United against Celtic which resulted in a 5–2 win for Celtic.[10]

In May 2012, he appeared for the Sealand national football team in a match against the Chagos Islands as captain. The match was held at the grounds of Godalming Town.[11] In August 2012 and March 2013 he played in two games against Alderney, a 1–1 draw and 2–1 win respectively.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "FACE OF THE DAY: Ralph Little; Nice work if you can get it". Herald Scotland. 31 August 2001. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Ralf Little profile". BBC Comedy. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Ralf Little interview". BBC Berkshire. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Royle family star plays for Stones". NonLeagueDaily. 29 July 2003. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Painful start for Little". NonLeagueDaily. 29 October 2004. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Actor Little joins Stone Dominoes". BBC Sport. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Ganet makes Berko switch". NonLeagueDaily. 2 May 2005. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Stars on show at Aldershot". NonleagueDaily. 5 April 2006. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Rayners Lane appoint 'celebrity' coach". NonLeagueDaily. 12 September 2005. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Celtic Legends 5 Manchester United Legends 2: Henrik Larsson rolls back the years for charity". Daily Mail Online. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  11. ^ Staff (7 May 2012). "Ralf Little gets an international cap for Sealand". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2014.

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