Larry became a household name for his work on screen and stage. He has played Ted Case in the last series of New Tricks, Tommy in Love and Marriage, Michael Shipman in Gavin and Stacey, and Archie Mitchell in EastEnders. He has just finished playing a lead role in the feature film ‘The Hatton Garden Job’ directed by Ronnie Thompson.
Known for his kind heart and generosity, Larry has always been involved with charity. Recently he has been appointed Ambassador for the Nepal Youth Foundation UK (NYF UK).
Q: Your acting career extends almost 40 years. I guess this has given you ample opportunity to meet all kind of people. What are the most remarkable acts of kindness that you have seen in other human beings over these 4 decades?
A: Without doubt the kindest and most selfless acts I have ever heard of must be those of the volunteers who went into the communities hit by Ebola when the epidemic was at its height, knowing just how horrible and terrifying this deadly disease was …these courageous people took things in their stride and cared for the poor people who were dying in their hundreds .
Q: You have just become Ambassador to the Nepal Youth Foundation, at the time that marks the second anniversary of the earthquake. What compelled you to take on such a committing role?
A: I have visited Nepal and quite frankly I fell in love with the place and its people. They are the friendliest nation in the world. Nepal has been beset with issue after issue, with earthquakes, malnutrition, problems with ruling parties and royal families etc. NYF Uk makes a difference. They are trying to make an enduring change to the lives of Nepali children. They are all about empowering and educating these wonderful people. How could I not help!
Q: What does your role involve?
A: Well I’ve just started! So far I have been helping them raise awareness of the both the charity and its work. I have no doubt they’ll be getting me to run the marathon for them before too long!!!!
Q: How is this role going to be compatible with all the other charity work you do? How much of this charity work do you share with your family?
A: As far as charity is concerned I feel it’s always a very personal thing as to whom one helps… if you work in the media and have something of a public profile it makes helping people a bit easier … you can do your bit to raise awareness and draw attention to causes that you feel need help … my family are all charitable individuals … they make their own decisions as to whom they want to help.
Q: What would you like your legacy to be with the Nepal Youth Foundation?
A: I just want to help the charity to raise as much as possible so they can help kids in Nepal. It’s not about me or my legacy it’s about getting these children healthy, safe and educated.
I have visited Nepal and quite frankly I fell in love with the place and its people. They are the friendliest nation in the world