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Jeremy Lloyd
Born Jeremy Lloyd
22 July 1930 (1930-07-22) (age 79)
Danbury, Essex, England
Occupation Scriptwriter
Nationality British
Period 1958-present
Genres Television
Notable work(s) Are You Being Served? (1972-1985)
Come Back Mrs Noah (1977-1978)
Oh, Happy Band! (1980)
'Allo 'Allo! (1982-1992)
Grace and Favour (1992-1993)
Which Way to the War (1994)
Spouse(s) Dawn Bailey (1955–1962)
Joanna Lumley (May–Sep 1970)

Jeremy Lloyd (born 22 July 1930) is an English writer, screenwriter, author and actor, best known as co-author and writer of several successful British sitcoms.

The gangly Lloyd began his career as a writer in 1958 before making his film debut 2 years later in 1960 in School for Scoundrels, and appeared in numerous film and television comedies during the 1960s and 1970s, notably Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In as a regular performer in 1969-70. He was lauded in America where they loved his patrician upper class depiction of an Englishman. Back in England after one particular series had been completed he met Joanna Lumley. A decision had to be taken as to whether he return to America for the start of the new series or remain in the United Kingdom and marry Miss Lumley (he never returned to America). His first major success as a comedy writer was with Are You Being Served? in 1972, on which he worked with David Croft. He had worked for a short time for Simpsons of Piccadilly and many of the characters depicted are drawn from his recollections of his time there. They subsequently produced 'Allo 'Allo!, which was equally popular in the UK, a spinoff of Are You Being Served? , Grace & Favour was aired in 1992. Jeremy also wrote the poem/lyrics for the popular Captain Beaky album and books in 1980.

He has been the subject of a persistent urban legend which claims that he was invited to a dinner party at the home of Sharon Tate on the night that she was murdered by followers of Charles Manson. Lloyd's first marriage (1955) to the model Dawn Bailey lasted seven years. After the marriage was dissolved, Lloyd was briefly married to the actress Joanna Lumley the marriage was dissolved after a few months.

Trivia

Lloyd appeared in A Hard Day's Night and Help!, two films starring The Beatles, and also had a brief role in The Magic Christian, which starred Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. Starr appeared in an episode of Laugh-In, recalling the movies he and Lloyd were in together, while Lloyd looked at him as a stranger, saying "Sorry, you can't expect me to remember everybody."

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