I’m a Celebrity 2016 star Larry Lamb – six facts you didn’t know about the actor and father of TV presenter George Lamb


LARRY Lamb is a famous actor and radio presenter who has had leading roles in shows such as New Tricks and Eastenders.

In 2016 he spent twenty days in the I’m A Celebrity jungle before being booted out. Here are some facts you might not know about George Lamb’s father

 Actor Larry Lamb was in the I'm A Celebrity jungle

Actor Larry Lamb was in the I’m A Celebrity jungle

Acting bug

Larry got into acting while he was working in the oil industry Nova Scotia, Canada, where he attended St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

There he developed his amateur interest, performing at Canada’s Stratford Festival.

He is most famous for his role in Gavin & Stacey, playing Gavin’s father Michael “Mick” Shipman.

Talented offspring

Larry is the father of radio and TV presenter George Lamb, who used to present a daytime show on BBC Radio 6 Music before he replaced Alex Zane as host of reality show Celebrity Scissorhands.

He was the host of Big Brother’s Little Brother until 2011 when it moved to Channel 5.

He ha also presented The Bank Job and Football Tonight on BT Sport.

Larry and his son George have worked together on a new show called Turkey: A to B.

 Larry and his son George

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Larry and his son George

Missing daughter

Larry had a daughter called Vanessa when he was 21 but only saw her once as a baby before he and her mother divorced and has had no contact with her since.

Since Larry has been in the jungle, it has been revealed that Vanessa is now a teacher in Murcia, Spain and has a daughter.

Larry is in for a big surprise when he gets out and discovers he is actually a grandfather to the 18 year old who is currently at university in the UK.

Smooth criminal

Larry must have a thing about playing a robber.

He starred as Great Train robber Bruce Reynolds in the film Buster alongside Phil Collins and when he returns from the jungle he begins filming The Hatton Garden Job based on last year’s Hatton Garden Robbery.

Lamb stars as ringleader Brain Reader alongside Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode, Joely Richardson and Phil Daniels.

 Larry stars in a drama about the Hatton Garden robbery

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Larry stars in a drama about the Hatton Garden robbery

Hearing loss

Larry contracted malaria from a mosquito bite in Africa a few years ago which affected the nerve endings in his ear and now has 80 percent hearing loss.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “That hospital visit was quite traumatic. After a series of tests, the ­specialist told me the fever had affected the nerve endings in my ear and damaged them so much that I had 80% hearing loss.

“I have to be very careful I don’t damage my good ear and most of the time I’m fine. But I had a frightening jolt last year when I caught an infection in my left ear.”


Loveable Larry also has an adventurous side, with exotic travels around the world making him a well prepared to tackle jungle critters.

The TV favourite previously told how he loves trips with his presenter son George, 36.

He said in 2013: “George and I try to take a trip every year: this summer we drove through Spain, and for my 60th he took us walking in the Himalayan foothills.”

George said: “He now speaks four or five languages and has seen a lot of the world; he has a real lust for life.”

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