Kevin Reardon Lloyd
28 March 1949
|Died||2 May 1998 (aged 49)|
|Spouse(s)||Lesley Lloyd (1973-1998 - estranged since 1995)|
|Partner(s)||Rita Hudson (1995–1998)|
Born in Derby, Lloyd trained at East 15 Acting School in Loughton, Essex. Prior to appearing in The Bill he had already played the high-profile role of nightclub owner, Don Watkins, in the soap opera Coronation Street. He also made appearances in a number of other TV 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), Britannia Hospital (1982), Don't Open till Christmas (1984), Link (1986) and “Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire” (1987).
Lloyd was married for 22 years; he became separated from his wife in 1995, with the latter blaming his alcoholism and accusing him of violence.
Lloyd was one of the most popular members of the television show, 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. His Welsh-born father, Ellis Aled Lloyd, was himself a police officer who was killed in an accident while answering an emergency call aged 46 in 1970.
A chronic alcoholic, he played "Tosh" continuously from 1988 until he was sacked from The Bill on 27 April 1998 for turning up drunk and failing to learn his lines. Within days, he was admitted to a clinic in Burton upon Trent for detoxification and was administered Antabuse (Disulfiram), but then left the premises to drink alcohol. He returned to the clinic in an intoxicated state, retired to bed, fell asleep, then choked on his vomit. Lloyd died just one week after recording his last 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 on 9 June 1998.
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. He was a supporter of Derby County Football Club,
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- "Tosh 'crumbled' before drink death". BBC News. 7 October 1998. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
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- "Ellis Lloyd : Obituary". Archived from the original on 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- "This Is Your Life (1969–1993)". The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television. Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- Derby County v Burnley football programme, 14 january 1992, p7
- "Profile: Terry Lloyd". BBC News. 13 October 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- News, Manchester Evening (2007-02-19). "Telly talk: James fits The Bill". men. Retrieved 2018-01-26.