Life hasn’t always been a barrel of laughs for actor Ralf Little who wrote and stars in The Café. When he was nine, tragedy struck his family while they were holidaying in Cornwall when his 12-year-old sister Ceridwen died after falling from a cliff. His brother Ross was born the following year.
Little, who was born in Manchester, began acting quite young when at the age of 13 he was cast in a BBC children’s drama called The Sluggers. When it came time to leave school, though, Little followed the wishes of his parents, who were both accountants, and enrolled in medical school. As it turned out, fate had different plans for the lanky teen as he was offered a role he couldn’t turn down – that of the much put upon, layabout son Antony in what would become one of the BBC’s best-loved sitcoms; The Royle Family. Little accepted the role and promptly left school to become a full-time actor. The show ran for three series, from 1998 to 2000, with Christmas specials running each year from 2006-2012. Another hit series followed, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, about the lives of five 20 year olds. The show ran for ten years, with Little appearing in the first six series.
In 2011, Little and Michelle Terry wrote and starred in The Café. The pair had met while doing a play and got along so well they decided to write something together. As they shared the same sense of humor and made each other laugh, they figured it best be a comedy. The Café was based on Little’s own childhood experiences and most of the characters in the show were mirrored after people the co-writers knew.
Sadly, The Café was cancelled after just two series, which is one more than Little’s last television series, Our Zoo, which aired on the BBC in the U.K. last year. Set in the 1930's and starring Last Tango In Halifax’s Anne Reid, Our Zoo told the story of the founding of Chester Zoo.
As well as being a well-known face to British television viewers, Little is an accomplished stage actor, playing roles as varied as a pantomime Dame in Aladdin, to the title character in Billy Liar. When not acting, Little is usually found on a soccer field, where he has played semi-professionally for a number of years.
You can see Little as Richard Dickens in The Café on Afternoon Tea, Wednesdays at 1pm.
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