Lloyd Berrell

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Lloyd Berrell (13 February 1926 - 30 December 1957) was a New Zealand actor who played Roo in the original Sydney production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. He worked extensively in Australian radio and theatre, and appeared in a large portion of the few films being shot locally at the time. He also starred in the original stage production of Sumner Locke Elliott's Rusty Bugles as well as a number of productions for the Mercury Theatre.

Berrell was born in Wellington but moved to Australia as a boy. He began acting on radio on The Youth Show. During World War II he served in Australian Broadcast Control Unit from 1944 to 1946.[1]

In 1953 he won a Macquarie Award for best actor in a radio drama.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Berrell's first marriage ended in divorce[3] but he married happily a second time. He died of a heart attack on board ship while travelling to London.[4][5]


Theatre credits[edit]


  1. ^ Lloyd Berrell war record
  2. ^ "Macquarie Awards For 1953.". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 1 March 1954. p. 14. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Husband Spanked Wife and Lost Case for Divorce.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1954) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 19 May 1949. p. 2. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Richard Lane, The Golden Age of Radio Drama, Melbourne University Press 1994 p 214
  5. ^ Obituary at Sydney Morning Herald 1958 accessed 16 July 2013
  6. ^ "Australian T.V.Film.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 9 October 1952. p. 7 Section: Women's section. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 

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