Robin, Earl of Huntingdon, has returned home from the Holy Wars under orders from King Richard, to recuperate from injuries sustained in battle. He soon finds that the real battle for England needs to be fought against the Sheriff and his excessive taxation and corrupt administration.
Gordon Kennedy (born 22 February 1958) is a Scottish actor. Kennedy grew up in Tranent, East Lothian, ...
Strong, instinctive, practical, resolute, Little John is powerful in battle and knowledgeable about survival in the forest. John has a more simplistic morality than Robin: see a problem, sort it out. So John would choose to feed the poor on his doorstep before addressing a national threat. John has an authority that the other members of the gang respect.
Whilst often a man of few words, underneath the brute strength, Little John hides a big heart - but will it be strong enough to overcome the challenges that lie ahead?
Little John, played by Gordon Kennedy, is a former resident of Locksley. John was outlawed many years ago; his wife Alice and his son Little Little John believe that he is dead until "Dead Man Walking". Prior to meeting Robin, John is the leader of an outlaw band in the forest consisting of Royston White, Forrest and Hanton. The band captures Robin, Much and Allan at the end of the first episode, departing from the traditional meeting of John and Robin where they battle with quarterstaffs over who can cross a river first. "We had a different version for their meeting and we had something so horrible going on in the episode that a jolly fight was entirely inappropriate," the programme's showrunner Dominic Minghella told the Radio Times. John dislikes Robin initially, but agrees to follow him when he realises that Robin can help Alice and the people of Locksley. He is a bit cantankerous and bad-tempered, but loyal to the group. He also acts quite fatherly to some of the younger members, such as Will and Marian (both of whom lost their fathers in series 2). He generally fights with a quarterstaff.
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