Jeremy Lloyd

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Jeremy Lloyd
Born John Jeremy Lloyd
(1930-07-22) 22 July 1930 (age 84)
Danbury, Essex, England, UK
Occupation Scriptwriter
Nationality British
Period 1958–present
Genre Television
Notable works Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
Come Back Mrs Noah (1977–1978)
Oh, Happy Band! (1980)
'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)
Grace and Favour (1992–1993)
Which Way to the War (1994)
Spouse Dawn Bailey (1955–1962)
Joanna Lumley (May–Sep 1970)

John Jeremy Lloyd OBE (born 22 July 1930) is an English writer, screenwriter, author, poet and actor, best known as co-author and writer of several successful British sitcoms.

Career[edit]

Lloyd began his career as a writer in 1958 before making his film debut two years later in 1960 in School for Scoundrels, and appeared in numerous film and television comedies during the 1960s and 1970s, notably Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In as a regular performer during the 1969–70 television season. He was lauded in America where they loved his patrician upper class depiction of an Englishman. Back in England after the season had been completed he met Joanna Lumley. A decision had to be made as to whether he would return to America for the start of the new season or remain in the United Kingdom and marry Miss Lumley. He never returned to America. He stands out in two films with The Beatles. In A Hard Day's Night (1964) Lloyd is uncredited as a tall man dancing at the disco with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. In Help! (1965) he is a restaurant patron, also uncredited. In 1969 he filmed a scene with Peter Sellers for The Magic Christian, which co-starred Ringo Starr. Lloyd can be seen in the board room meeting offering marketing slogans for a really big car and suggests "the gang's all here back seat." His first major success as a comedy writer was with Are You Being Served? in 1972, on which he worked with David Croft. He had worked for a short time for Simpsons of Piccadilly and many of the characters depicted are drawn from his recollections of his time there. They subsequently produced 'Allo 'Allo!, which was equally popular in the UK, and a spinoff of Are You Being Served?, Grace & Favour which aired in 1992. Jeremy also wrote the poem/lyrics for the popular Captain Beaky album and books in 1980. Jeremy played the eccentric chimney sweep, Berthram Fortesque Wynthrope-Smythe aka Bert Smith in 'The Avengers' episode, From Venus With Love in 1967.

Lloyd has been the subject of a persistent urban legend which claims that he had been invited to a dinner party at the home of Sharon Tate on the night that she was murdered by followers of Charles Manson. This was verified as true, not a myth, when the octogenarian was interviewed by Emma Freud on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends on 10 December 2011.[1]

Lloyd was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to British comedy.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd's first marriage (1955) to the model Dawn Bailey lasted seven years. After their marriage ended, Lloyd was briefly married to the actress Joanna Lumley, but the marriage was dissolved after a few months.

Trivia[edit]

Lloyd appeared in A Hard Day's Night and Help!, two films starring the Beatles, and also had a brief role in The Magic Christian, which starred Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. Starr appeared in an episode of Laugh-In, recalling the films he and Lloyd were in together, while Lloyd looked at him as a stranger, saying "Sorry, you can't expect me to remember everybody."

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Radio 4, Loose Ends. Downloadable radio interview.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 12. 29 December 2012.

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