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.
Little was born in Oldham and attended Bolton School (Boys' Division). He is the son of two accountants.
Some of his early television roles included minor roles in various programmes such as Elidor, Children's Ward and Sloggers.
Little's break came when he was offered the role of Antony Royle in the BBC sitcom, The Royle Family. This prompted him to abandon his studies (at Manchester Medical school) and focus on his acting career. The original run of the series was from autumn 1998 to December 2000, and after a one-off special in 2006 returned for a series of Christmas specials from 2008 to 2012, with Little returning to the role of Antony in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
After the original run of The Royle Family, he was cast in another sitcom, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (or Two Pints), as Jonny Keogh. The first series ran from February 2001, and the programme ran for nine series in total. During an interview for This Morning in September 2007 Little said that he would not be returning for the next series due to an overwhelming schedule. His character was subsequently killed off. In 1999 Little played the Star of Bethlehem in the ITV comedy drama The Flint Street Nativity.
In December 2000, Little played Wishee Washee in the ITV Panto Aladdin, which was filmed in the New Wimbledon Theatre.
In 2001 he played the young George Harrison in Presence at the Royal Court Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance. In 2004 he played the title character in Billy Liar at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. He appeared in Juliet McKoen's 2005 ghost story/murder mystery film Frozen, set in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Between November 2002 and January 2003 He hosted three one-hour-long episodes of the Ralf Little Show on BBC3.
Other film credits include 24 Hour Party People (playing Joy Division and New Order bass player Peter Hook) and Al's Lads. Little also starred as Stephen, alongside Anne-Marie Duff, in Roger Goldby's film, The Waiting Room, released throughout the UK in June 2008. In television, he also appeared in Paradise Heights.
In October 2007, he appeared in the one man show, Stacy, written by Jack Thorne at the Trafalgar Studios in London and on TV in Robin Hood as a sinister scientist Joseph, in the episode "The Angel of Death".
In August 2007 he released his first online novel (co-written with Stephen Morris), The Golden Generation, a coming of age tale about a recently single man who is taken under the wings of two city traders who show him the trappings of big money in the big city but that it comes at a price. Money taken from the sale of the novel went to the charity Shelter. He was a cast member of KateModern, a web series which developed by the creators of the US YouTube hit lonelygirl15, which started in July 2007 and posted its final video in June 2008.
In July 2008 he appeared in 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, a new play at the Bush Theatre which was revised as 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover at Christmas later that year, while in September of the same year he starred in Massive, a BBC comedy about an indie record label. In 2008 he narrated the second series of Last Man Standing. Also in 2008, Little became the narrator of Monkey Life. In 2009, he played Clint in Married Single Other, alongside Miranda Raison He also worked on the film Powder. In the autumn of 2010, he starred in The Aliens, a British premier of a new play by Annie Baker, again at the Bush Theatre. In 2011, he appeared as Richard Dickens in the comedy series The Café, shown on Sky 1, which he co-wrote with Michelle Terry and which was directed by Craig Cash.
In 2013, he appeared in Death in Paradise series two, episode six. As of April 2013, he was appearing at the Liverpool Playhouse as the father of a girl with cerebral palsy, in a new production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
In 2014, he appeared in the TV series Our Zoo. He also voices Captain Skip in the animated English version of The Unbeatables.
He will appear as the character 'Steadfast' in the first episode of the 10th series of the BBC1 hit series Doctor Who which is filming in July 2016 for broadcast around Easter of 2017.
Little, a supporter of Manchester United, 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. He joined Isthmian League side Edgware Town in October 2004, making his debut in the FA Vase game against Waltham Abbey.
He played for Chertsey Town during the 2007–08 season and on 8 July 2008 signed for North West Counties League side Stone Dominoes. He has also on a few occasions played celebrity football matches for charity 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. On 6 June 2010, he participated in 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.
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. In August 2012 and March 2013 he played in 2 games against Alderney, a 1–1 draw and 2–1 win respectively.