Harry Lloyd

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Harry Lloyd
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Lloyd in December 2018
Harry Charles Salusbury Lloyd[1]

(1983-11-17) 17 November 1983 (age 39)
London, England
Years active1999–present
RelativesCharles Dickens
Captain Peter Dickens
(maternal grandfather)
Henry Blagrove
Saylor Lloyd (daughter)

Harry Charles Salusbury Lloyd (born 17 November 1983) is an English actor. His performance in the Channel 4 miniseries The Fear (2012) earned him a British Academy Television Award nomination. He gained prominence through his roles as Will Scarlet in the BBC drama Robin Hood (2006), Jeremy Baines in the Doctor Who episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood" (2007), and Viserys Targaryen in the first season of the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011).

Lloyd played Paul Crosley in the WGN series Manhattan (2014), Peter Quayle in the Starz series Counterpart (2017–2019), and Bernard Marx in the Peacock series Brave New World (2020). He voiced Viktor in the Netflix animated series Arcane (2021–). He also appeared in Wolf Hall (2015) on BBC Two, series 1 of Marcella (2016) on ITV, and the third season of the FX series Legion (2019) as Charles Xavier.

Lloyd is also known for his theatre work, earning an Off West End Award nomination. His films include The Theory of Everything (2014), Anthropoid (2016), and The Wife (2017).

Early life, family and education[edit]

Lloyd was born in London, the son of Marion Evelyn (née Dickens), a children's publisher, and Jonathan Lloyd, who heads a literary agency.[2] He is the great-great-great-grandson of Victorian writer Charles Dickens through his mother, who is the daughter of Peter Gerald Charles Dickens, and the great-granddaughter of barrister Henry Fielding Dickens.[3] One of his maternal great-grandfathers was Rear-Admiral Henry Blagrove,[4][5] and another maternal ancestor was composer and pianist Ignaz Moscheles.[6][7] Lloyd is a cousin of biographer and writer Lucinda Hawksley, and actor and performer Gerald Dickens. Lloyd is a keen football fan and an avid supporter of Chelsea F.C.[8]

Lloyd was educated at Eton College and, while there, made his television debut at the age of 16 as James Steerforth in the BBC's 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield opposite Daniel Radcliffe.[9][10] In 2002, he was cast as young Rivers in Goodbye Mr Chips. He went on to study English at Christ Church, Oxford,[9] where he joined the Oxford University Dramatic Society and appeared in several plays, including Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Comedy of Errors. He toured Japan with The Comedy of Errors for the society's 2005 summer tour, starring alongside Felicity Jones.[citation needed]


In 2007, Lloyd made his professional stage debut at the Trafalgar Studios in A Gaggle of Saints, one of three short plays that make up Neil LaBute's Bash, for which he received positive reviews.[11][12][13][14] He played Jeremy Baines, a student whose mind is taken over by a species of aliens called the Family of Blood, in the Doctor Who episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood". He was suggested as a possible candidate to play the Doctor when David Tennant left the role.[15]

In 2011, Lloyd appeared as Viserys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones.[16][17][18] He also appeared in the BBC comedy Taking The Flak, and as Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations.[3] He had small roles in Jane Eyre and The Iron Lady, and starred as the son of a gangster in The Fear, which aired on Channel 4 in December 2012.[19] In 2012, he appeared as Sir Edmund Mortimer in the BBC television film The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1, and he played Ferdinand, The Duke of Calabria, in The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic in London. He took on his first leading role in the feature film Closer to the Moon, released in 2014. Lloyd also appeared as Stephen Hawking's fictionalised roommate Brian in the Best Picture-nominated film The Theory of Everything, alongside Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones.

In 2015, Lloyd co-created the web series Supreme Tweeter, in which he stars as a fictionalised version of himself.[20] The following year he played Adolf Opálka in the epic war film Anthropoid, also starring Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy. He also appeared in the ITV series Marcella. He returned to the stage for the production Good Canary at the Rose Theatre, which was directed by John Malkovich in the role of the protagonist. In 2017, he filmed for the part of Peter Quayle in the science fiction thriller series Counterpart with J. K. Simmons, and starred as young Joe Castleman in the film The Wife, an adaptation of the book by Meg Wolitzer, opposite Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce (the latter playing the older Joe). In 2019, Lloyd was cast as a young Charles Xavier in the third season of the FX series Legion, replacing Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy, both of whom had previously portrayed the character in the X-Men film series, the former having been approached about reprising the role in the series before the creative direction of the series changed.[21] Later that same year, it was announced that Lloyd would be cast in the series regular role as Bernard Marx in Brave New World.[22] In 2021, Lloyd voiced Viktor in the Netflix animated action-adventure series Arcane. In 2022, Lloyd voiced Brian McNally in the Audible original podcast series, The Miranda Obsession[23] and Z in the video game Xenoblade Chronicles 3.



Year Title Role Director
2011 Jane Eyre Richard Mason Cary Joji Fukunaga
The Iron Lady Young Denis Thatcher Phyllida Lloyd
2013 Closer to the Moon Virgil Nae Caranfil
2014 Big Significant Things Craig Harrison Bryan Reisberg
The Riot Club Lord Ryot Lone Scherfig
The Theory of Everything Brian James Marsh
2015 Narcopolis Ben Grieves Justin Trefgarne
2016 Anthropoid Adolf Opálka Sean Ellis
2017 The Wife Young Joe Castleman Björn Runge
2019 The Show Geoffrey James Alexandrou
As I Am Mr. Jackson Guy Davies
2022 The Lost King King Richard III Stephen Frears


Year Title Role Director
2009 Oscar & Jim Gerry Iain Weatherby & Paul Fenwick
2011 The Half-Light Second Man Prasanna Puwanarajah
2013 Desire Chris Leon Ockenden


Year Title Role Notes
1999 David Copperfield Young James Steerforth Television film
2002 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Young Rivers Television film
2005 Murder Investigation Team Matt Pattinson Episode: "Phone Tag"
The Bill Matt Richie Episode: "A Social Decision"
2006 Holby City Damon Hughes Episode: "Flight of the Bumblebee"
Vital Signs Jason Bradley 5 episodes
Genie in the House Nev Episode: "Puppy Love"
2006–2007 Robin Hood Will Scarlett Main role; 26 episodes
2007 Doctor Who Jeremy Baines 2 episodes
2008 Heroes and Villains Lucas Episode: "Richard the Lionheart"
The Devil's Whore Prince Rupert of the Rhine Episode #1
2009 Lewis Peter Episode: "Counter Culture Blues"
Taking the Flak Alexander Taylor-Pierce Main role; 5 episodes
2011 Game of Thrones Viserys Targaryen Main role; 5 episodes
Great Expectations Herbert Pocket Miniseries; 2 episodes
2012 The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1 Sir Edmund Mortimer Television film
The Fear Matty Beckett Miniseries; 4 episodes
2014 Manhattan Paul Crosley Main role; 23 episodes
2015 Wolf Hall Lord Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland Miniseries; 3 episodes
2016 Marcella Henry Gibson 8 episodes
2017–2019 Counterpart Peter Quayle Main role; 18 episodes
2018 Hang Ups Nathan Slater 4 episodes
2019 Legion Charles Xavier 3 episodes
2020 Brave New World Bernard Marx Main role
2021 Arcane Viktor Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin Arregui Paz Oxford University Dramatic Society
2005 The Comedy of Errors Antipholus of Syracuse Oxford University Dramatic Society
2008 The Sea Willy Carson Theatre Royal Haymarket
2009 A View from the Bridge Rodolpho Duke of York's Theatre
2010 The Little Dog Laughed Alex Garrick Theatre
2012 The Duchess of Malfi Duke Ferdinand The Old Vic
2014 Notes From Underground Underground Man Various in Paris; Print Room Coronet in London
2016 Good Canary Jack Rose Theatre
2020 The Dumb Waiter Gus Hampstead Theatre
2022 The Narcissist Jim Chichester Festival Theatre

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Z Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2022 The Miranda Obsession[23] Brian McNally Audible podcast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Scream Awards Best Ensemble Game of Thrones Nominated
2013 British Academy Television Awards Best Supporting Actor The Fear Nominated
2014 Guam International Film Festival Achievement in Acting Big Significant Things Nominated
2015 Off West End Awards Best Male Performance Notes from Underground Nominated
Gopo Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Closer to the Moon Nominated
2019 International Film Festival of Wales Judges Award Philophobia Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gemma Arterton, Rupert Friend, Tamsin Greig and Harry Lloyd were Fresh off Stage". BBC Radio 1. BBC News. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  2. ^ "A Tale of Two". People. 53 (16). 24 April 2000.
  3. ^ a b "The boy with Dickens in his blood". London Evening Standard. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  4. ^ Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945 Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  5. ^ Great, Great, Great Expectations; Dickens' descendant to star in TV drama TheFreeLibrary.com. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  6. ^ Bledsoe, Robert Terrell (9 February 2012). Dickens, Journalism, Music: 'Household Words' and 'All the Year Round'. ISBN 9781441150875.
  7. ^ Nayder, Lillian (15 February 2012). The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth. ISBN 978-0801465062.
  8. ^ "The Men in Blazers Show with Harry Lloyd". Men in Blazers. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  9. ^ a b Alice Jones (14 April 2011). "Harry Lloyd: The man who would be king". The Independent. Archived from the original on 9 May 2022. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Eton spawns a new breed of stage and screen luminaries". The Guardian. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  11. ^ Koenig, Rhoda (13 January 2007). "Bash, Trafalgar Studios, London – IWitness, Finborough, London – Postcards from God, Jermyn Theatre, London". The Independent. Archived from the original on 9 May 2022.
  12. ^ The violent faces of faith | Theatre. This is London (12 January 2007).
  13. ^ Shuttleworth, Ian. (11 January 2007) / Arts & Weekend – Bash, Trafalgar Studio 2, London. Financial Times.
  14. ^ Chilling glimpses of nastiness – Telegraph[dead link]. The Daily Telegraph.
  15. ^ "NEWS NEW DOCTOR WHO UNVEILED Music, movie & Entertainment News". 17 December 2007. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007.
  16. ^ "Game of Thrones' Harry Lloyd: Viserys' Wig Is the Secret to Waking the Dragon". tvguide.com. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Game Of Thrones Season 2: Samwell Tarly is "going to change"". scifinow.co.uk. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  18. ^ "George RR Martin's Live Journal". 19 July 2009. Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  19. ^ "'Misfits' star for new Channel 4 drama". digitalspy.com. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Interview: Harry Lloyd Talks Game of Thrones & Supreme Tweeter". denofgeek.com. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  21. ^ Nemetz, Dave (4 February 2019). "Legion Casts Game of Thrones Veteran Harry Lloyd to Play Professor X". TVLine. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  22. ^ Petski, Denise (23 April 2019). "Harry Lloyd To Star In 'Brave New World' UCP Series Adaptation". Deadline. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  23. ^ a b Spangler, Todd (15 December 2021). "'The Miranda Obsession': Rachel Brosnahan to Star in, Executive Produce Podcast Drama Series for Audible". Variety. Retrieved 24 May 2022.

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