Cariad Lloyd

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Cariad Lloyd
Katie Cariad Lloyd

(1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 (age 36)
OccupationComedian, actress
Years active2006–present

Cariad Lloyd (born 21 August 1982)[1] is a British comedian, actress, writer, and podcaster who has been performing since 2007.[2] She was nominated in 2011 for Best Newcomer at the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her debut solo show, Lady Cariad's Characters. She also won the Edtwinge award for most positively tweeted-about show during the Fringe.[3] She is a member of the improvisational comedy group Austentatious and teaches improv.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lloyd's father died of pancreatic cancer when she was 15.[5] She studied English literature at the University of Sussex, where she first met her friend and fellow comedian Sara Pascoe.[6] Lloyd worked with Pascoe as a tour guide on open-top buses in London.[7]


Television and radio work[edit]

Lloyd has performed in numerous sketches on BBC Comedy Online including Funtime (a Dawson Bros. pilot), The Proposal[8] and Dirty Dancing.[9] She has performed for BBC Radio 4 shows Newsjack, My First Planet, The Now Show and The Guns of Adam Riches.

Lloyd has appeared on television shows such as Channel 4's Cardinal Burns and CBBC's Fit and DNN and in films such as Baby Cow Productions' Caravan and Film4's Hallo Panda.

She wrote and performed in her own comedy pilot for BBC3, The Cariad Show. In May 2014, BBC Radio 4 aired a pilot for The Cariad Radio Show, which was featured on the BBC Comedy of the Week podcast. Since 2014 she has been co-writing and performing in the BBC Radio Wales sketch comedy show Here Be Dragons.

In 2014 Lloyd starred as Holly in the BBC Three comedy pilot Vodka Diaries and as Poppy in the comedy series Give Out Girls on Comedy Central. In 2015 she played Dawn, a warden in a young offenders' institution in the BBC Three comedy series Crims. She was also a series regular, playing several semi-improvised characters on Murder in Successville with Tom Davis.

In May 2015 & 2019, she appeared as a panellist on Have I Got News for You and on QI in November 2015, and January & December 2018. She also appeared in the final series of Peep Show in December as Megan. In 2016 Lloyd appeared as a panellist on BBC Radio 4's News Quiz.

More recently Lloyd has been a panelist on Would I Lie to You?, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and QI.

Live performance[edit]

Lloyd has performed in a variety of live shows since 2006, including The Freewheelin' Cariad Lloyd[10] at Edinburgh Festival Fringe[11] in 2012. In 2013, she performed in The 50 Hour Improvathon at Hoxton Hall,[12] and The Freewheelin' Cariad Lloyd at Soho Theatre[13] among others.[14] In 2014 she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with Louise Ford in Cariad and Louise's Character Hour.[15]

Lloyd is a member of the improvisational comedy group Austentatious. In 2014 the show won the Chortle Award for Best Character, Improv or Sketch Act,[16] and two DVDs of one of their live shows have been released by Go Faster Stripe in 2015 and 2018.[17] Other members of the group include Rachel Parris, Amy Cooke-Hodgson and Joseph Morpurgo.


Since 2016 Lloyd has hosted a podcast called ‘Griefcast’ which is a series of downloadable conversations Lloyd has, mostly with fellow comedians, about dealing with the loss of a loved one. It won three awards: ‘Best Entertainment podcast’, ‘Best Interview podcast’ – and ‘Podcast of the Year’ at the 2018 British Podcast awards.[18]

Lloyd has appeared on other comedians' podcasts including Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown in 2012, Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast in 2016 and Do the Right Thing in 2017 [19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
2012–14 Comedy Feeds Various/Holly Episodes: "Dawson Bros. Funtime", "The Cariad Show" and "Vodka Diaries"
2013 Badults Fiona Episode: "Past"
2014 Give Out Girls Poppy Main role
2014 Crackanory Mary Hardacre / Sheila / Tamsin Live action actor
2014 Siblings Debbie Episode: "Balcombe Funeral"
2014 Toast of London Lindy Makehouse Episode: "Buried Alive"
2015 Crims Dawn Recurring role
2015 The Delivery Man Alice Episode: "Truth"
2015 Inside No. 9 Gemma Episode: "Séance Time"
2015–17 Murder in Successville Various Series regular
2015, 2017, 2019 Have I Got News for You Guest panellist Episodes: 49.07, 53.05 and 57.05
2015 Peep Show Megan Series 9
2015–18 QI Panellist Episodes: "Miscellany", "Making a Meal of It", "Naming Names", "Nature/Nurture", "Noodles", "Organisms", "Objects and Ornaments", "Pubs", "Phenomenal"
2015 I Want My Wife Back Keeley Series Regular
2016 Drunk History: UK Anne Boleyn
2016, 2017 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Panellist Episodes: 8.03, 11.01 and 14.01
2017 Pointless Celebrities Contestant Episodes: Aired 10 February 2018
2018 Would I Lie to You? Panellist Series 11 Episode 7
2019 This Time with Alan Partridge Alice Fluck Series 1 Episode 1


  1. ^ "Cariad Lloyd". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Cariad Lloyd, comedian tour dates : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ BBC Profiles
  4. ^ Great British Speakers
  5. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (28 July 2018). "Cariad Lloyd: 'I wanted to thank the dead people. This only exists because they died'". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Grainger, Jed (2 April 2017). "Interview: Cariad Lloyd". The Badger.
  7. ^ Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast - Cariad Lloyd
  8. ^ BBC Online "Cariad Lloyd The Proposal"
  9. ^ BBC Online "Dirty Dancing" 2012
  10. ^ The Independent "Cariad Lloyd The Freewheelin Cariad Lloyd at Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh" 9 August 2012.
  11. ^ The Independent "Cariad Lloyd Edinburgh Review" 26 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Hoxton Hall - What's On Current Events - Extempore Theatre presents The sixth annual London 50-hour Improvathon". 24 May 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  13. ^ Soho Theatre Performance "Soho- C Lloyd"
  14. ^ Gigs "Cariad Lloyd – Gigs"
  15. ^ "Cariad and Louise\'s Character Hour". Broadway Baby. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  16. ^ Youtube - Chortle Awards 2014
  17. ^ Chortle - DVDs
  18. ^ "British Podcast Awards 2018: Cariad Lloyd's Griefcast sweeps the board". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  19. ^ British Comedy Guide - Podcasts
  20. ^ British Comedy Guide - Podcasts

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