Emily Lloyd

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Emily Lloyd
BornEmily Lloyd-Pack
(1970-09-29) 29 September 1970 (age 48)
London, England
Years active1986–2008
Parent(s)Roger Lloyd-Pack
Sheila Ball
RelativesCharles Lloyd-Pack
(paternal grandfather)
AwardsNominated: BAFTA
1988 Best Actress in Wish You Were Here
Won: National Society of Film Critics
1987 Best Actress in Wish You Were Here
Evening Standard British Film Award
1987 Best Actress in Wish You Were Here

Emily Lloyd-Pack (born 29 September 1970), known as Emily Lloyd, is an English actress,[1] perhaps best known for her breakthrough performance at the age of sixteen in the 1987 David Leland film Wish You Were Here, for which she received critical acclaim.

Early life[edit]

She was born Emily Lloyd-Pack, the daughter of Sheila (née Laden), now known as Sheila Hughes,[2] a theatrical agent who was a long-time secretary at Harold Pinter's stage agency, and Roger Lloyd-Pack, the actor best known as Trigger in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses.[3] Her grandfather, Charles Lloyd-Pack, was also a stage and film actor. After the divorce from Roger Lloyd-Pack, Emily's mother re-married and had a second daughter, Charlotte.[4] and her father re-married and had three sons Hartley Lloyd-Pack, Louis Lloyd-Pack and Spencer Lloyd-Pack.


Early roles[edit]

At the age of 15, Lloyd was taking acting lessons at the Italia Conti School in London. In 1986, director David Leland cast her for the leading role in his film Wish You Were Here.[5] The film was based loosely on the memoirs of British madam Cynthia Payne. Lloyd's younger sister played the 11-year-old Lynda in a flashback sequence. Wish You Were Here was a success at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and she received the Evening Standard Film Award and the Award of the National Society of Film Critics in 1987. She was also nominated for a BAFTA award.[6]

In 1989, she appeared in the film Cookie directed by Susan Seidelman, but it was reported that the lead actor Peter Falk became so frustrated with her that he slapped her. In the same year she appeared in In Country, directed by Norman Jewison during which she had a falling-out with the lead actor Bruce Willis who then ignored her for the rest of the filming period.[7] Also in 1989 she received an offer for the film Mermaids directed by Richard Benjamin which led to her turning down the role Julia Roberts eventually took in Pretty Woman.[8] However, due to problems with the film's star, Cher, who thought that Lloyd didn't fit as her onscreen daughter, she lost the role to Winona Ryder whilst Cher subsequently fired the production's original director Lasse Hallström and his replacement Frank Oz before employing Benjamin. Lloyd sued Orion Pictures and received US$175,000 in damages.

Lloyd's next film was in 1990 in Chicago Joe and the Showgirl, directed by Bernard Rose. She was subsequently cast in Woody Allen's 1992 film Husbands and Wives, but was fired by Allen after two weeks due to her burgeoning ill health. Juliette Lewis eventually took her place. Later in 1992 she appeared in her most successful film to date, A River Runs Through It. In 1995 she was initially cast in Tank Girl but was fired by the director, Rachel Talalay, for refusing to shave her head, an allegation Lloyd denies.[9] Lori Petty signed on to replace her. In 1996 she appeared in the Sean Bean football film When Saturday Comes and in 1997, she appeared in a supporting role in the critically acclaimed film Welcome to Sarajevo directed by Michael Winterbottom.[10]

Later roles[edit]

Her début on the stage was as Bella Kooling in Max Klapper at the Electric Circus.[11] She was subsequently cast as Eliza Doolittle, opposite Roy Marsden as Higgins and Michael Elphick as her father Doolittle, in the 1997 West End production of Pygmalion (Albery Theatre), produced by Bill Kenwright. On 18 June, only ten days after rehearsals began, the original director Giles Havergal walked out, to be replaced by the associate producer Marc Sinden, before Ann Mitchell stepped into the fray a week later and then also left.[12] The next day Lloyd left the production, amid rumours of her having been asked to leave and stories of threatened resignations from the rest of the cast if she had stayed.[13] Her part was taken at very short notice by Carli Norris (which made her name)[14] and Ray Cooney eventually took over as director, the fourth in the troubled production.[12]

In 2002, she appeared in the thriller The Honeytrap, shot in London and directed by Michael G. Gunther, in which she starred alongside Valerie Edmond, Anthony Green and Stuart McQuarrie. In 2003, she appeared as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Shakespeare Festival in Leeds and Brighton. In 2004 she was cast in the British television series Denial, the British counterpart to Sex and the City, but according to media reports this show was cancelled. In 2008, she made an appearance in the short film The Conservatory by director Reed Van Dyk.


Since 1992, Lloyd says she has been struggling to overcome depression and anxiety,[15] in connection with being sexually abused at the age of five by a family friend. Following a suicide attempt and a problem with self-harming, she spent two weeks under institutionalised psychiatric care at the Priory and clinics in America in the early 1990s.[16] At various points, in addition to attention deficit disorder, she has been diagnosed with mild schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2014, Lloyd gave birth to a daughter.[19]


In May 2013, Lloyd published Wish I Was There, a memoir of her career and battle with mental illness.[20]


Year Title Character Director
1987 Wish You Were Here Lynda Mansell David Leland
1989 Cookie Carmela 'Cookie' Voltecki Susan Seidelman
1989 In Country Samantha Hughes Norman Jewison
1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Betty Jones Bernard Rose
1991 Scorchers Splendid David Beaird
1992 A River Runs Through It Jessie Burns Robert Redford
1994 Override Avis Danny Glover
1995 One Hundred and One Nights Agnès Varda
1995 Under the Hula Moon Betty Wall Jeff Celentano
1996 Dead Girl Mother Adam Coleman Howard
1996 When Saturday Comes Annie Doherty Maria Giese
1996 Masculine Mescaline Gary Love
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo Annie McGee Michael Winterbottom
1997 Livers Ain't Cheap aka The Real Thing Lisa James Merendino
1998 Boogie Boy Hester Craig Hamann
1998 Brand New World aka Woundings Kim Patterson Roberta Hanley
2002 The Honeytrap Catherine Michael G. Gunther
2003 Riverworld Alice Liddell Hargreaves Kari Skogland
2005 Hey Mr. DJ Angela Danny Patrick
2008 The Conservatory (short) Audition Monitor Reed Van Dyk
2016 No Reasons Yvonne Spencer Hawken



  1. ^ "Emily Lloyd". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "'Hearing Antonia Fraser talk about her pretentious book made me sick...she didn't think about the pain she caused': Harold Pinter's former secretary lays bare the cruel legacy of his infidelity with Lady Antonia".
  3. ^ "Emily Lloyd Biography (1970-)". www.filmreference.com.
  4. ^ "Wish I Was There". Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  5. ^ "FILM: 'WISH YOU WERE HERE'". movies.nytimes.com.
  6. ^ "Film Awards". www.bafta.org.
  7. ^ "What's happened to Emily Lloyd? The one-time golden girl of British cinema emerges from her scruffy flat".
  8. ^ Arnold, Ben (27 July 2016). "Emily Lloyd: The Unluckiest Actress In Hollywood History?". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  9. ^ Lloyd, Emily (27 April 2013). "'Hollywood was a giant sweet shop. Spielberg warned me not to get sucked in': Emily Lloyd's postcard from oblivion". Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  10. ^ "FILM REVIEW; Dangers And Jitters Of Life in Sarajevo". movies.nytimes.com.
  11. ^ Sweet, Matthew (24 November 1996). "Stage, Screen and in Between". The Independent. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  12. ^ a b British Theatre Guide (1997)
  13. ^ Nigel Dempster, Daily Mail, 20 June 1997
  14. ^ Taylor, Paul (31 July 1997). "Theatre: Pygmalion Albery Theatre, London Kiss Me Kate Regent's Park, London". The Independent.
  15. ^ Sunday Mirror: "I Wish I Wasn't Cursed: Secret Hell of Film Starlet Emily Lloyd by Suzanne Kerins", Sunday Mirror. September 11, 2005 FindArticles.com. Retrieved 19 September 2007
  16. ^ Cassandra Jardine: Wild Child Who Went Over The Edge In: Daily Telegraph 2003/07/23 (Print Issue); also electronically reprinted
  17. ^ "My 20 years of mental torment and dreams of making a comeback, by Wish You Were Here starlet Emily Lloyd".
  18. ^ "What's happened to Emily Lloyd? The one-time golden girl of British cinema emerges from her scruffy flat".
  19. ^ "Emily Lloyd: I wish my dad 'Trigger' could have met his new granddaughter". Daily Mirror. 9 May 2015.
  20. ^ "Wish I Was There". Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Retrieved 4 May 2013.

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