Ralf Little

Ralf Little was made a patron of Humanists UK for his exploration of the human condition through the arts.

Actor, writer, and producer

Ralf Little was born in 1980 in Oldham. He made his big break in television comedy in 1998 starring as Anthony Royle in the iconic BBC sitcom, The Royle Family, and is well-known for his subsequent role as Jonny in the popular sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. His wider TV credits include Our Zoo, Lewis, The A Word, Doctor Who,  and Inside No 9.

In 2020 he took on the role of DI Neville Parker, the lead detective in BBC One’s international hit, Death in Paradise.

As well as being a familiar face on British television, Ralf is also an Olivier Award-nominated stage actor. He is a regular performer in shows at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, and on the West End. He has also appeared in a number of critically acclaimed film productions, including 24 Hour Party People, The Waiting Room, and Telstar.

In 2002, he 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. Alongside Michelle Terry, he created, wrote, and starred in the critically acclaimed Sky One comedy The Cafe (2011). He also co-wrote ratings hit TV play Space Age (2014), which was broadcast as part of the Playhouse Presents anthology series.

In 2007, he released his first novel, The Golden Generation (co-written with Stephen Morris), which was distributed digitally, with the proceeds from sales of the book donated to the homelessness charity Shelter.

Outside of writing and performing, Ralf is a keen footballer, having played for a number of semi-professional clubs throughout his career.