Coronavirus: Ralf Little and Will Mellor on filming TV series
Death in Paradise cast favourite Ralf Little, 40, has admitted he finds it “tiring” when his political opinions cause “anger” on Twitter. As a result, he recently opted to become “a lot quieter” on social media.
It comes after the actor faced criticism after he spoke out about the junior doctor’s dispute back in 2018 on the micro-blogging site.
He said at the time while explaining his tweets: “I was going: we must support the junior doctors, obviously. This is terrible.
“If ever there was a demographic you knew you could trust, who aren’t selfish and who are intelligent, it’s junior doctors.
“Then suddenly this vitriol came back my way, going: ‘They’re greedy, it’s a vocation, they shouldn’t ask for more money.’”
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The former Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star also previously said he “didn’t talk to his mum for three days when she voted Leave” in the EU Referendum.
When quizzed on whether he has dialled down his politically outspoken posts since then, Ralf, who has been filming Death in Paradise on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, said: “I’m a lot quieter, partly because I’m filming out in the Caribbean.
“You’d be surprised what a toll it can take: it’s tiring having people angry at you all the time, even if they’re mostly bots.”
In spite of his concerns about sparking backlash, Ralf insisted he “stands by” everything he has said on Twitter.
He added: “But it felt important, and I stand by everything I said.”
While reflecting on his posts about the NHS, he admitted: “I was enraged by the way the public was conned into turning against junior doctors.
“My brother’s a doctor, my sister’s a nurse and they were telling me that the long hours simply weren’t safe.”
Ralf explained in a new interview with The Guardian: “If a lorry driver worked those hours, they’d endanger road users.
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“Yet people were tricked into thinking they were being greedy, which wasn’t true.”
Elsewhere, Ralf discussed working on Death in Paradise with his former co-star Will Mellor, 44, during the coronavirus pandemic.
He said he was gutted that filming was coming to an end, but admitted he had missed his American fiancée Lindsey Ferrentino.
When quizzed about filming in the heat, Ralf said: “There’s swings and roundabouts and everything, but I’m doing a job I love doing.
“It’s hard work out here, but every day I get up and go do a job and then I get to sort of chill out.
“I miss the other half but other than that I’ve not really got anything else to go home for.”
Will then asked if Ralf had managed to meet up with his wife-to-be during filming on set.
“We had a week off in the middle of a shoot,” he explained, adding their reunion was over a month ago.
Due to travel restrictions, the pair had to find the nearest, accessible place they could meet, with his partner flying in from America.
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