Jeremy Lloyd was born in London, the son of an army colonel
and a dancing Tiller girl. He left school early and did a number of dead-end jobs. At age
23 he successfully submitted a story to Pinewood Film Studios. It was turned into a film
called WHAT A WHOPPER starring Adam Faith.
This helped Lloyd to get work in television and he wrote for several successful BBC shows
including the childrens show CRACKERJACK and THE BILLY COTTON BAND SHOW. Appearing
in the latter as an upper class twit led to his being offered his first film role in THE
SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS. He then appeared in THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES,
DOCTOR IN CLOVER, MAN IN THE MOON, WE JOINED THE NAVY, A VERY IMPORTANT PERSON and THE
LIQUIDATOR plus television roles in THE AVENGERS, AFTERNOON OF A NYMPH and others. At the
same time he continued writing, contributing ninety episodes to THE DICKIE HENDERSON SHOW.
He also appeared for three years as Captain Cook in the musical ROBERT AND ELIZABETH and
used some of his spare time to write poems about animals. Keith Michell offered to
illustrate them and thus was born the best-selling childrens book, CAPTAIN BEAKY AND
Soon afterwards Harold Robbins invited him to Hollywood to work on a major film project,
but he missed his fiancée Charlotte Rampling too much and returned to England to play in
a version of THE FOUR MUSKETEERS at Drury Lane. However, he was agin invited to Hollywood
to appear in and write for ROWAN AND MARTINS LAUGH IN, with Goldie Hawn.
On returning to the UK, he became married for a short time to Joanna Lumley and they
played a couple in the television sitcom called ITS AWFULLY BAD FOR YOUR EYES
DARLING. She suggested to him that he should write a TV show based on one of his many jobs
and he chose his time as a suit salesman at Simpsons of Piccadilly (now gone). ARE
YOU BEING SERVED was co-written with David Croft, which proved to be one of Britains
most successful television exports.
In the 1980s, Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft wrote another sitcom 'ALLO, 'ALLO, which was a
tremendous hit and ran for 9 years.
Other work has included OH HAPPY BAND and COME BACK MRS NOAH, work on a detective series,
WHODUNIT, books including THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN DANGERFIELD, and CAPTAIN CAT AND THE
BUSINESS AFFAIRS by John
Chapman and Jeremy Lloyd
Two northern businessmen book a London hotel suite, hoping to
sell their trucking firm to foreign buyers for two million pounds. To help the deal along
they book two ladies of the night to keep the buyers happy. When their wives pop in to
wish them luck, they find out about the girls and are outraged even more so when
the foreign visitors mistake them for call girls, but, with so much at stake, they play
along to help secure the deal without giving away their true identity or anything