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BBC Ghosts' Laurence Rickard shares how he's like his characters Robin and Humphrey

"There's probably a bit of me in them."

Laurence Rickard as Robin in Ghosts
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BBC's Ghosts is most notable for its extremely memorable cast of characters. But exactly how much of the characters come from the writer/actors themselves? We know that at least part of caveman Robin's name comes directly from the personal history of actor/writer Laurence Rickard. But what else?

At this year's MCM London Comic Con, a Ghosts fan named Janine asked Laurence Rickard that very same (or at least, close to that very same) question, "Are the two characters of Humphrey Bone and Robin- are they the two split personalities of your fractured psyche?"

"In honesty, probably a bit," Rickard responded with humor. "I like Humphrey's anxiousness. It's probably a bit of me. Equally I can't temper my enthusiasm teribly well. I'm a bit childlike and over excitable, which I think is very Robin-ish. Weirdly, even though I've always gone, 'Oh they're ridiculous inventions,' there's probably a bit of me in them." Rickard continued to joke, "But not to the same degree of Martha, who after five years is now just Lady Button."

Being both a writer and an actor on a hit show certainly comes with some bleed over. Read more about Rickard sharing the team's struggle to find the stakes of Ghosts when ghosts are involved.


Ghosts has become a phenomenon in the UK, America, and around the world. With CBS's third season of Ghosts underway, get to know your favorite apparitions with a guide to how the ghosts of Ghosts died, where to watch both Ghosts shows, a guide to the casts of Ghosts, why BBC's Ghosts ended, and learn about the other Ghosts the original show planned but never used. We even have some thoughts on why the American Ghosts has its own worthy charms.

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Tiffany Babb: Tiffany Babb is a professional lurker (aka critic) who once served as Popverse’s deputy editor and resident Sondheim enthusiast.
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