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Larry Olubamiwo brings honour and royalty to the screen
Actor Larry Olubamiwo is always an imposing figure when he hits the screen; but it's not just his impressive stature that has continued to lead audiences and critics alike to be awed by his performances. Larry brings an almost palpable level of heart and soul to all of the characters he portrays.

In both films "Fabric of the Royals" and "Honour Amongst", Larry delivers impressive leading turns that have reinforced his status yet again as an extraordinary actor. 

In "Honour Amongst" Larry helped carry the film by portraying the antagonist Reynolds, who is a former foe of the character Mr Buster played by British star, Damien Ashley. The film, which follows Mr. Buster trying to keep his past life as a professional armed robber a secret from his current employers at a school, follows Reynold's blackmailing Mr. Buster in a quest for vengeance. 

"My character is integral to the story as he is the one pulling all the strings until he is double-crossed and tortured. It could be said that without my character there would be no story.  I was really excited to play this character as I very rarely get to play bad guys," explains Larry about the significance of the role.

It's not just playing an interesting character that helped Larry enjoy the making of such an entertaining storyline. In "Honour Amongst" Larry also had the distinction of sharing the screen with fellow well-known British actors like Damien Ashley, celebrated for his role in "Five Hells for a Thief," and "The Faction of Farce" star Liburd Reuben.

While the actor clearly relished the opportunity to play the bad guy, Larry still had to deal with disrespecting his co-stars while in character, and resuming a friendship in between takes. "The challenge for me was to play the character as a really ruthless, dirty, selfish narcissist gangster who will stop at nothing to get what he wants when he wants, as that's completely different to who I am in real life... [but] in between takes I would have to come in and out of character as I don't believe in method acting as a general rule."

"Fabric of the Royals" represents yet another significant film in which Larry played an incredibly important character, embodying the role of Derek. Directed by Verona Rose, who's celebrated for her work as an actress in the wildly popular BBC series "Eastenders," "Fabric of the Royals" tells the story of Derek, played by Larry, a first generation Afro-Caribbean immigrant trying to raise a family in 1980s Southampton. Derek is the breadwinner, responsible for providing for the family financially and emotionally, and is the one who decides to emigrate the family to the UK, which incites the main action within the film. Undoubtedly, Larry reiterates that "this character is integral to the story."

In a gripping and moving piece of filmmaking, Larry revealed to viewers just how wide an emotional range he has as an actor. In further proof of the film's success, it was nominated for Best Film at the Screen Nation Awards in 2016. Larry also found meaning in the project because it had personal resonance with his own life.

He explains, "This role was very challenging as I grew up in a different time as so my response to racism would be very different to how the character at that time would react so I had to really work hard to get into this character's mindset. I used my parents as templates for this character as they experienced similar coming to the UK from Nigeria in the 70s."

Much of Larry's success over the years has come from his relentless dedication to his craft, which has clearly paid off as he continues to be tapped for pivotal leading roles. For aspiring actors, Larry's advice is this: "Work hard, enjoy the process and never be afraid to try new things. Also keep all your tools sharp even during the quiet periods." 

As a celebrated actor, Larry Olubamiwo is one whose career has been the exact opposite of quiet over the past several years, and we know he'll continue to make noise with honor and authority in the years to come.

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