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Norman Lovett

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Norman Lovett
Norman Lovett.jpg
Norman Lovett in 2005
Birth name Norman Lovett
Born (1946-10-31) 31 October 1946 (age 71)
Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Medium Stand-up comedy, actor, film, television
Nationality British
Years active 1976–present

Norman Lovett (born 31 October 1946 in Windsor, Berkshire[citation needed]) is an English stand-up comedian and actor, best known for the role of Holly in Red Dwarf.


In 1989, he appeared in his own surreal BBC2 sitcom called I, Lovett, in which he played a character called Norman. Seven years later, he played Dr. Lovett in the short-lived sitcom Asylum which spawned many other successful careers. He has made a number of acting appearances such as the Ghost of Christmas Past in a TV adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Mr Follett in The History of Tom Jones, the film The Criminal, as well as the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, and an appearance in The Young Ones in the episode "Summer Holiday". He has appeared TV's in The Bill and three episodes of the Scottish sitcom Rab C Nesbitt.

His comedy has a quiet, dead-pan surrealism, and in 2000 he made a successful stand up tour, co-headlining with Chris Barrie, who played Rimmer in Red Dwarf.[1]

In 2006, he appeared in the British horror film Evil Aliens.[2]

Red Dwarf[edit]

Lovett played the role Holly in Red Dwarf in its first and second series. Starting from the third series, Lovett declined to join the cast due to the fact that Red Dwarf filming moved to London, while Lovett moved to Edinburgh, and the distance between the two cities decreased his willingness of participation.

Lovett returned in the seventh series as a guest star and the eighth as a regular. However, disagreement with the producer, Doug Naylor, means that for a period Lovett claimed refusal to take part in any further Red Dwarf productions.[3]

Following the success of Red Dwarf X, Lovett resumed contact with Naylor [4], resulting in his guest appearance in the twelfth series episode "Skipper"[5].

Other Activities[edit]

In 2016, he performed as part of the "Keep Corbyn" tour in support of the successful campaign to re-elect Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.[6]


  1. ^ North, Madeleine (28 April 1999). "Chris Barrie and Norman Lovett". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ IMDb
  3. ^ Hill, John (20 May 2009). "Norman Lovett takes Red Dwarf's male Holly offline". Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Hall, Amanda (1 November 2012). "Red Dwarf star Norman Lovett talks about his new show". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (8 September 2017). "The original Holly – aka actor Norman Lovett – is heading back to Red Dwarf for its 12th series". Metro. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Burke, Darren (1 August 2016). "TV star comedians line up for Jeremy Corbyn rally in Doncaster". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 

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