He is best known for playing the part of Adrian Mole in two series: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ (1985); and its sequel, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987). He also co-presented the first series of the the science fiction themed Saturday morning children's programme Get Fresh (1986-88). For his Get Fresh and Doctor Who appearances, Sammarco's style of dress was clearly influenced by his most famous role — wearing spectacles and smart, almost school uniform-like attire.
Finding himself typecast as Adrian Mole, Sammarco left the acting profession and chose instead to follow a career in nursing. He is now a fully qualified psychiatric nurse.
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