Comic actor Hugh Lloyd dies

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Hugh Lloyd, one of the best-loved faces in British comedy, has died at the age of 85.

The Chester-born actor gained national TV fame when he appeared with Tony Hancock in 25 episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour, including the classic episode The Blood Donor.

He later appeared with Terry Scott in the series Hugh and I and The Gnomes of Dulwich. He also co-starred with Peggy Mount in Lollipop Loves Mr Mole. Other TV sitcom credits included You Rang M’Lord and Lord Tramp, which he also wrote.

He starred in numerous TV plays including Alan Bennett’s Say Something Happened and Me, I’m Afraid of Virginia Woolf. He also co-starred with Peggy Ashcroft in She’s Been Away Too Long.

Lloyd began his career with ENSA during the Second World War and worked in repertory until 1957. In his later career he was a member of the National Theatre Company and on the West End stage he starred in long runs of When We Are Married and No Sex Please, We’re British.

His many films included The Punch and Judy Man and Quadrophenia. He was awarded the MBE in 2005 for his services to drama and charity.

He died on July 14. A full obituary will appear in The Stage newspaper.