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Do you remember this face? Ex-Milkybar kid Robbie Humphries from Chatham tracked down to Walk Tall charity in Northfleet

31 January 2014
by Alex Matthews

Dickens, Will Adams, Sir David Frost, Zandra Rhodes and Kelly Brook...the list of famous names from Kent goes on.

And perhaps we should add Robbie Humphries to that list. Robbie who?

The name won't be familiar, but the face might be - that is if you turn the clock back to the 1980s.

Actor Robbie Humphries helps Northfleet charity Walk Tall

Actor Robbie Humphries helps Northfleet charity Walk Tall

Then his face would have been very familiar to you as the Milkybar kid.

Yes, the bespectled Chatham-born lad was dishing out the chocolate treats in the character's trademark cowboy suit for five years.

We tracked him down to a charity in Northfleet called Walk Tall, where he is using his acting and performance talents to turn around the lives of disadvantaged and troubled youngsters.

Robbie Humphries had his big break as a child actor, playing the Milkybar Kid in TV advertsw

Robbie Humphries had his big break as a child actor, playing the Milkybar Kid in TV advertsw

Now 41, Mr Humphries, who taught maths and English at schools for 10 years, is creative director helping put on numerous productions and running workshops.

He said: "As a child you just take it in your stride.

"For me there were two passions and they were football and acting..." - Robbie Humphries

"For me there were two passions and they were football and acting.

"My friends wanted to play for Charlton or Crystal Palace so that's what they did.

"And it was the same for me with acting."

One memorable shoot involved being hoisted up on a harness connected to a 100ft crane in a London park, something he still savours.

He said: "How often do you get to go up to Battersea Park and jet pack around on a wire?"

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