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Overview (3)

Born in Chester, Cheshire, England, UK
Died in Worthing, Sussex, England, UK
Birth NameHugh Lewis Lloyd

Mini Bio (1)

Hugh Lloyd was born on April 22, 1923 in Chester, Cheshire, England as Hugh Lewis Lloyd. He was an actor and writer, known for Hugh and I (1962), Quadrophenia (1979) and Hancock's Half Hour (1956). He was married to Shän Davies, Carole Wilkinson, Anne Rodgers and José Stewart. He died on July 14, 2008 in Worthing, Sussex, England.

Spouse (4)

Shän Davies (1983 - 14 July 2008) (his death)
Carole Wilkinson (1969 - ?) (divorced)
Anne Rodgers (1948 - 1950) (divorced)
José Stewart (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Drama and Charity.
His first job was as a Reporter on the "Chester Chronicle" (1939-1942). He had previously been turned down by the RAF because he suffered from hay fever and MI5 because he was considered too young to undertake espionage work.
Was married four times, finally to Shän Davies, who was thirty years his junior.
As a lifelong Liberal he was once surprised to be asked to appear in a party political broadcast for the Conservative Party. He said he would rather jump off Beachy Head.
Son of a tobacco salesman and later tobacco factory manager and his teacher wife. Lloyd had a methodist upbring which influenced his choice of roles throughout his career, turning down roles that he considered offensive.
Attended the Queen's School kindergarten in Chester, and at the age of eight wrote, directed and starred in his own pantomime. However his father wanted him to have a "proper" job to fall back on, after leaving the King's school.
Following his rejection by the RAF and MI5, he went on a radio-operator's course for the Merchant Navy at Colwyn Bay, Wales and then onto entertaining troops around the world for ENSA as a member of George Thomas's Globetrotters. This lasted for three years until the war ended.

Personal Quotes (6)

[talking about his early career as a stand-up comedian at the Windmill Theatre] My early performances were disastrous. I deliberately didn't laugh at my own jokes... but neither did the audience.
[talking about the considerable amount of female fan mail he received] I think they take one look at my face, bearing all the marks of human suffering, and they think I need mothering.
[talking about his avid interest in newspapers and politics] I think it started in 1928, when, as a child of five, I was patted on the head by Lloyd George.
[describing the impression he had of himself as an actor] I'm not so much an actor, but more of a performing dog with a wagging tail and anxious to please.
[describing "the little man" role that he adopted in a variety of successful sitcoms] I think the public like him because, in the end, he comes out on top and it only means something if he is faced by somebody who is dominant.
[describing his childhood hero Stan Laurel] I saw Laurel and Hardy on stage, and they were brilliant. They were real professionals, economical, they didn't do anything unless it was funny.

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