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Wednesday 8th July 2020

Larry Lamb makes plea to daughter he's not seen in over 40 years

Actor only met his eldest child once - when she was a baby

Larry Lamb has said he would be “thrilled” if his long-lost daughter contacted him after he was voted out of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

After leaving the jungle, he told the Daily Mirror: “I have to say if my daughter or granddaughter were to contact me, then I, and all my extended family, would be thrilled.”

My guilt, my sadness, my fears all turned over.

Larry, who spent 20 days in the Australian jungle, became the sixth contestant to exit the ITV show when he was voted out on Wednesday.

Larry has been talking about his family (Rex)During his time in the jungle, the ex-EastEnders actor, 69, opened up to fellow contestants about an estranged eldest daughter, Vanessa, who he only met once as a baby.

Larry separated from Vanessa’s mother, Anita, after the girl was born in 1969 and he has not seen her for more than four decades.

Larry and Anita met when he was just 21 while he was working abroad in Germany and ended up marrying in London after a whirlwind romance.

It was later revealed that Vanessa herself had become a mother and Larry had a granddaughter he was unaware of.

Larry, now 69, said that she fell pregnant and marrying her was "the right thing to do".

The marriage wasn't strong enough and ended up crumbling, and Anita moved back to Germany without him.

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Larry revealed that he lost touch with his daughter after Anita started seeing somebody else.

He explained: "Of all the things in the world I didn’t want, I certainly didn’t want to be married. But it seemed the right thing to do...

"Anita remarried when Vanessa was three. So I wasn’t included because she had a stepdad. I don’t even know if she knows I’m her father...

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"It’s not for me to go delving into her life. But the thought that she might have already made me a grandfather has often crossed my mind...

"Her birthday is so close to mine that every year I think, ‘She’s another year older.’ It’s just one of those sadnesses."

Larry added of his one-time meeting with Vanessa: “I sat for an hour with this little piece of me in my arms. My guilt, my sadness, my fears all turned over.

"I knew that this tiny being was there because her mum wanted her there. I’d made my decision and I’d walked away.

"I’ve never set eyes on my daughter since that day. But I’ve never forgotten that hour I spent with her."

After his speedy romance with Anita, Larry went on to marry second wife Linda Martin, the mother of his son George Lamb, now 36.

That marriage also crumbled and he is now in a happy relationship with Clare Burt, 49.

They are parents to two daughters, Eloise, 17, and Eva, 13.

We hope Vanessa reaches out to Larry - what a Christmas present that would be!