ACTOR Larry Lamb failed to show at the Marbella Film Festival, after he had to rush to the bedside of his seriously ill brother, Wesley. 

The Gavin & Stacey actor was due to appear on the final day of the festival for the premiere of his new film Brighton.

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BRIGHTON: Larry Lamb in the upcoming comedy film

However Lamb, who is a regular visitor to Spain, had to make a sharp return to the UK before the film, about a working class couple who take a disastrous day trip to the seaside. 

The festival’s director, Mac Chakaveh, confirmed that a ‘family tragedy’ had forced the 72-year-old actor to ‘cancel at the last minute.’ 

Brighton director Stephen Cookson later told the Olive Press: “His brother is on his deathbed.”

He had earlier stood in for Lamb during a talk at the festival on Sunday, in which he revealed how the gritty drama almost never was. 

“Catastrophically, three days before filming we lost a major financier,” he said. “We we were really in the shit.” 

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AWARDS: The Marbella International Film Festival winners 2019

Lamb, who lives in London, has been a regular visitor to Spain for much of his life and even lived for a year here in the 1980s.

“I know the country well but don’t go for beach holidays, I go to get up in the mountains, get out in the country or visit historic places of interest,” he recently revealed.

He also confirmed in 2016 who he had a daughter Vanessa living in Murcia with his former wife Anita.

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