Kevin Reardon Lloyd
28 March 1949
|Died||2 May 1998 (aged 49)|
|Spouse||Lesley Lloyd (1973–1998 - estranged since 1995)|
|Partner||Rita Hudson (1995–1998)|
|Children||8 (1 adopted)|
Lloyd was born in Derby in the county of Derbyshire on 28 March 1949. His father was Welsh. Ellis Aled Lloyd, was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1970. Lloyd's grandfather and uncle were also police officers. He suffered from Perthes disease as a child. After leaving grammar school, he initially trained as a solicitor, before deciding that he wanted to be a professional actor. He studied acting at the East 15 Acting School in Loughton, Essex.
Prior to appearing in The Bill Lloyd had already played the high-profile role of nightclub owner Don Watkins in the soap opera Coronation Street. He also appeared in a number of other television shows, including the first series of Starting Out, Boon, Minder, Dear John, Farrington of the F.O., Dempsey and Makepeace, Z-Cars, Andy Capp, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Blake's 7 and Casualty. His film credits included roles in Trial by Combat (1976), Talent (1979), Britannia Hospital (1982), Don't Open till Christmas (1984), Link (1986) and Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (1987). He was also active on stage in the 1970s, appearing in a production of Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw.
Lloyd was one of the most popular cast members of The Bill. In 1996, the show won the award for "Best TV Drama" at the National Television Awards and it was Lloyd who collected it on behalf of the cast and crew. Lloyd spoke of the similarities between himself and his character in the series, namely that he and Tosh were both short, scruffy and slightly overweight, and both had multiple children to support. He also drew on aspects of his late father’s personality and manner for his performance. He had been so popular on The Bill that on 26 February 1992, within four years of joining the show, he was selected as special guest for the TV guest show This Is Your Life.
A chronic alcoholic, he played "Tosh" continuously from 1988 until he was sacked from The Bill on 27 April 1998 after turning up for filming too intoxicated to work. Shortly afterwards, he entered a clinic in Burton-on-Trent for medical supervision and a programme of alcohol detoxification, with the administration of (antabuse). Whilst receiving treatment, he left the premises to consume alcohol. He returned to the clinic on 2 May 1998 in an intoxicated state, retired to bed, fell asleep, and died of asphyxia. His widow subsequently launched a legal action alleging negligence by the facility's medical staff, but lost the case in court. Lloyd died just one week after recording his final scenes for The Bill, and the character of Tosh was still appearing on-screen for more than a month after Lloyd's death. Tosh's final appearance was in the episode broadcast on 9 June 1998. Lloyd's funeral took place at St Alkmund's Church, Duffield; he was cremated following the church service.
Lloyd married Lesley in 1973. They had seven children: Mark, Sophie, James, Poppy, Henry, Edward and Chloe. In 1989, James, Poppy and Henry Lloyd appeared in an episode of The Bill as three of Tosh's children. James Lloyd is an actor who later appeared on The Bill as PC Steve Hunter between 2004 and 2006. Chloe Lloyd died from meningitis aged 17 months. In 1991, Lloyd and his wife adopted a Romanian orphan, Ellie. Lloyd lived with his family in Duffield, Derbyshire, from which he regularly commuted a round trip of 270 miles (430 km) to Notting Hill, West London, where The Bill was filmed. Lloyd separated from his wife in 1995, with his wife blaming his alcoholism and accusing him of violence. He was subsequently in a relationship with Rita Hudson for the next three years, although he had reportedly resumed his relationship with his wife shortly before his death.
His autobiography, The Man Who Loved Too Much, was published in 1997.
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- "Ellis Lloyd : Obituary". Archived from the original on 18 June 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- "Obituary: Kevin Lloyd". The Independent. 4 May 1998. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
- "This Is Your Life (1969–1993)". The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television. Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- "Clinic not to blame for 'Tosh' death". BBC News Online. 10 December 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
- "Profile: Terry Lloyd". BBC News. 13 October 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- News, Manchester Evening (19 February 2007). "Telly talk: James fits The Bill". men. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
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- Derby County v Burnley football programme, 14 January 1992, p7