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Meet Death in Paradise star Ralf Little's famous fiancée

The actor popped the question in 2018


Ralf Little and Lindsey Ferrentino© Walter McBride/WireImage/BBC
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
Updated: March 25, 2024
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Ralf Little is a familiar face to many thanks to his starring role as DI Neville Parker in the BBC drama Death in Paradise, which he stepped down from in the series 13 finale on Sunday. 

While the actor has been on our screens for over 20 years, appearing in programs such as The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, how much do you know about his personal life? And did you know that his fiancée has also made her name for herself in the world of entertainment?

Who is Ralf's famous fiancée?

Ralf is engaged to American playwright and screenwriter Lindsey Ferrentino. Lindsey, who hails from Florida, is the daughter of comedian and magician, John Ferrentino. The Yale-educated creative has written several plays over the course of her career and has received rave reviews from critics.

Her 2015 play, Ugly Lies the Bone, which ran in the Roundabout Theatre in New York as well as The National Theatre in London, was lauded by Deadline Hollywood as "timely, compelling and as current as you could want". Meanwhile, The Observer described it as, "raw and inescapably moving". Her more recent works include her 2018 plays This Flat Earth, The Year to Come and Amy and the Orphans, which starred American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer.

Kate Fleetwood as Jess and Ralf Little as Stevie in the National Theatre's production of Lindsey Ferrentino's Ugly Lies the Bone d© Robbie Jack
Kate Fleetwood as Jess and Ralf Little as Stevie in the National Theatre's production of Lindsey Ferrentino's Ugly Lies the Bone d

Lindsey's first film, Not Fade Away, was released in 2019 and was produced by David O. Russell and John Krasinski, while John's wife Emily Blunt starred. In 2021, it was announced that Lindsey would be writing and directing a film adaptation of her stage play Amy and the Orphans for Netflix.

How did Ralf meet Lindsey?

Ralf met Lindsey when he starred in the London run of her play, Ugly Lies the Bone, alongside his DIP predecessor Kris Marshall.

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Ralf with his fiancée Lindsey

Before Ralf left Death in Paradise, they spent half their time at their home in Guadalupe in the Caribbean, and the other half in King's Cross, London. The pair became engaged in 2018 and have put their wedding plans on hold for the past few years. Chatting to The Mirror back in 2020 about how he popped the question, Ralf said: "We were in a country house, it was a big surprise. I planned it in advance. I had a total result with the ring, though. She said to me if she ever got engaged there's only one ring for her — her grandma's, it's absolutely beautiful."

ralf little and lindsey© Photo: Getty Images
Ralf popped the question in 2018

While Ralf tends not to discuss Lindsey publicly, he spoke about missing her while filming the show in an Instagram Q&A last year. When asked if he misses home while filming, he explained: "I miss my dogs but the dogs are in America, so I miss the dogs and I miss my other half. But people come to visit for a start and secondly, I'm so busy and I've built a life here… I’m the kind of person that's very present wherever I am. So, I'm here, this is what I'm doing and I'm lucky enough to really enjoy what I do. So, yes and no." 

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