Jeremy Lloyd

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Jeremy Lloyd
Jeremy Lloyd.jpg
Lloyd c. 2009
Born John Jeremy Lloyd
(1930-07-22)22 July 1930
Danbury, Essex, England, UK
Died 23 December 2014(2014-12-23) (aged 84)
London, England, UK
Occupation Scriptwriter
Nationality British
Period 1958–2014
Genre Television
Notable works Are You Being Served? (1972–85)
Come Back Mrs Noah (1977–78)
Oh, Happy Band! (1980)
'Allo 'Allo! (1982–92)
Grace and Favour (1992–93)
Which Way to the War (1994)
Spouse Dawn Bailey (m. 1955–62)
Joanna Lumley (m. 1970-1970/1971; dissolved)
Collette Northrop (m. 1992-?)
Elizabeth Moberly
(m. 2014 (4 months); his death)

John Jeremy Lloyd, OBE (22 July 1930 – 23 December 2014) was an English writer, screenwriter, author, poet and actor, best known as co-author and writer of several successful British sitcoms, including Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo!.

Early years[edit]

Lloyd was born in Danbury, Essex to a mother who had been a dancer, and a petroleum engineer father who served as an officer in the Royal Engineers at the beginning of World War II.[1] As a child he was sent to live with his grandmother in Manchester and rarely saw his parents, who he claimed had seen him as a failure.[2] His father withdrew him from a private preparatory school in 1943. He then worked as a junior assistant in the menswear department at Simpsons of Piccadilly and many of the characters depicted in Are You Being Served were drawn from his recollections of his time there. He was also a travelling paint salesman and he believed that his early jobs gave him a better education than a university could have provided.[3]

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, and was a regular performer on notably Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 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 UK and marry Lumley. He never returned to America. 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.[4]

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.[4] Lloyd wrote the poem/lyrics for the popular Captain Beaky album and books in 1980.[5] Jeremy played the eccentric chimney sweep, Berthram Fortesque Wynthrope-Smythe aka Bert Smith in The Avengers episode, From Venus With Love in 1967.[4]

In 1993 Lloyd published his autobiography, entitled with a phrase from 'Allo 'Allo!, called Listen Very Carefully - I Shall Say This Only Once (BBC Books: ISBN 0563362030).[3]

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.[6]

Lloyd was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to British comedy.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd's first marriage in 1955 to model Dawn Bailey lasted seven years. After their marriage ended, Lloyd was briefly married to actress Joanna Lumley, but that union was dissolved after a few months.[5] In 1992 he married actress Collette Northrop. In August 2014, Lloyd married Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Moberly (b. 1960) a former events manager at Barclays Capital.

Death[edit]

Lloyd died on 23 December 2014, aged 84, after being admitted to a London hospital with pneumonia.[2][5]

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Telegraph obituary
  2. ^ a b "Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd dies at age 84". The Guardian. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Listen Very Carefully - I Shall Say This Only Once". Goodreads. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Jeremy Lloyd at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ a b c "Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd dies". BBC News. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Loose Ends (downloadable radio interview), BBC Radio 4; accessed 23 December 2014.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 12. 29 December 2012.

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