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Norman Lovett

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Norman Lovett
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Norman Lovett in 2005
Birth name Norman Lovett
Born (1946-10-31) 31 October 1946 (age 71)
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Nationality British
Years active 1976–present

Norman Lovett (born 31 October 1946) is an English stand-up comedian and actor, best known for the role of Holly in Red Dwarf during the first, second, seventh (as a guest star) and eighth series. 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] Lovett was born in Windsor, Berkshire.

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

In 2009, Lovett refused to take part in any further Red Dwarf productions, after a disagreement.[3]

However, in November 2012, following the success of Red Dwarf X, he stated that he has begun speaking with Doug Naylor again.[4] In 2017, he finally returned to the role of Holly in the Red Dwarf XII episode "Skipper".

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.[5]


  1. ^ North, Madeleine (28 April 1999). "Chris Barrie and Norman Lovett". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
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  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. ^ 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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