Comedy Writer Jeremy Lloyd Dies at 84
Lloyd is best known for his work co-writing the BBC's 'Are You Being Served?' and ' 'Allo 'Allo!'
Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd has died at age 84, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
His agent, Alexandra Cann, said Lloyd died in a London hospital after being admitted for pneumonia, according to the network.
Lloyd was best-known for his work co-writing television series such as the BBC's Are You Being Served? and the 1980s British World War II sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! with writing partner David Croft.
Actress Vicki Michelle, who played waitress Yvette Carte-Blanche in 'Allo 'Allo!, called Lloyd "such a wonderful talent, mentor and friend. A complete joy to work with" in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
As a young man, Lloyd sold suits for two years at Simpsons of Piccadilly, a London department store, an experience he later pitched to Croft as a potential television series. Together, the writing duo spun the idea into Are You Being Served?, Grace & Favour and Come Back Mrs. Noah. Croft died in 2011.
Lloyd did several turns as a film actor, landing roles or appearances in the A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, The Long Duel, The Magic Christian, Murder on the Orient Express and The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones, among others.
He played a chimney sweep in a television episode of The Avengers in 1967 and was a regular actor and writer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In during its 1969-1970 season.
In 2012, Lloyd was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to British comedy.
The writer was married four times — to model Dawn Bailey, actress Joanna Lumley, actress Collette Northrup and Elizabeth Moberly. Lloyd and Moberly were married in August.
On Tuesday, actress Michelle posted a photo of herself with Lloyd on Twitter.
Jeremy Lloyd a lovely man and a wonderful talent who will be truly missed xx pic.twitter.com/cSWhK4Pj4G— Vicki Michelle (@vickimichelle) December 23, 2014