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Larry Lamb: 'I ran away from my daughter'

By and Paul Millar
Larry Lamb


Larry Lamb has revealed that he walked out on his baby daughter because he was not ready for the responsibility of being a parent.

The 60-year-old actor admitted that he was afraid of repeating his own father's mistakes, adding that it was a "huge regret" of his to never have been in contact with her.

Speaking to the News of the World, he recalled: "At 21, I became a father for the first time to a little girl. I'm ashamed to say my response was to run away, get out of the country, get as far away from my parents and being a parent myself, as possible.

"I supported my daughter financially, but I didn't have any contact with her. And 40 years on, it's a huge regret. I was a kid. I had no sense of responsibility; I had no sense of who I was. I didn't know what I wanted, I just knew what I didn't want.

"I wasn't in any sense ready or prepared to be, a father. I think I was terrified of repeating what my own parents had done. I'm not proud of it, but I just ran away.

Lamb, best known for playing Archie Mitchell in EastEnders, continued: "I wasn't born a good father. I wouldn't have been a good father at all if it wasn't for George's mum Linda and George himself.

"My own childhood wasn't great. I was dominated and bullied by my father Ronald and every day, from the earliest time I can remember, I watched my parents rip each other apart. I had a younger brother and my job was always to try to stop my mum Jessie and my dad fighting.

"There was no real violence, just a lot of psychological bullying, screaming, rowing, and my dad was always at the centre of it all. In fact, Archie was based on my dad, who was deeply screwed up."

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