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Name: Emily Lloyd  
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Date of Birth: 29th September 1970
Place of Birth: London, England, UK
Profession: Actress
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Emily Lloyd (actually Emily Lloyd Pack) is a British actress born on 29 September 1970 to Roger Lloyd Pack and Sheila Ball in London. Lloyd comes from an actor's family: Roger Lloyd Pack is familiar as a stage actor and well known as Trigger in the British hit sitcom Only Fools and Horses, and Sheila Ball is a stage agent and was a longtime secretary at Harold Pinter's stage agency. Her grandfather Charles Lloyd Pack had appeared in movies like The Mirror crack'd, If, Three Worlds of Gulliver and Dracula.

Emily's parents divorced when she was two. She and her younger sister Charlotte grew up with their mother. Emily's desire to become an actress was inflamed when she saw Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet.

At age 15 she was taking acting lessons at the famous Italia Conti School in London but then she received her big chance: director David Leland chose her for the title role in his movie Wish You Were Here. The movie was based loosely on the youth memoirs of British scandal Madam Cynthia Payne.

Wish You Were Here was a surprising success at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and Emily Lloyd was celebrated as new and fresh talent. She received the Evening Standard Film Award and the Award of the National Society of Film Critics in 1987. She was also nominated for a BAFTA award.

In 1988 Hollywood knocked on her door. She played in Cookie by Susan Seidelman and In Country by Norman Jewison but both movies were flops. In Cookie, she played the freaked-out daughter of a Mafia don. Peter Falk, Jerry Lewis and Dianne Wiest were her co-stars. In Country was an adaption of the Bobbie Ann Mason novel of the same name. In this movie she played Samantha, a young girl from the 1980s who has tried to find out and understand the role her father played before he died in the Vietnam war. Bruce Willis played her uncle Emmett, a Vietnam veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.

Her next film was Chicago Joe and the Showgirl. Director Bernard Rose and writer David Yallop adapted the essay The Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell, where he described the well-known Cleft chin murders case from war-torn London. Two young people - Elizabeth Jones, an underaged waitress (who has dreamed of a moviestar career) and Karl Hulton, a deserted American GI - went on a 5-day spree where they killed three people. The GI, played by Kiefer Sutherland, was the only American soldier who was executed in Great Britain.

In 1992 she played in her most successful movie to date. A River Runs Through It is Robert Redford's screen adaption of the novel by Norman MacLean. Two uneven brothers, played by Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt grew up in rural Montana in the 1920s. Their father (played by Tom Skerritt) taught them the high art of fly-fishing. Emily Lloyd was seen as Jessie Burns, the girlfriend and later wife of Norman MacLean.

In the following years her movie career went silent. She was seen in B-movies or in films which were either ignored by the audience or received poor reviews.

1997 was a fateful year for her. She received a fine supporting role in the critically acclaimed film Welcome to Sarajevo by Michael Winterbottom but in the same year she went to India. She was scheduled to make a film about a blind girl and she had an audience with the Dalai Lama. While waiting for the audience she was bitten by one of the temple dogs. The combination of this bite and the fact that she had taken too many malaria tablets (aka Lariam) led to a mental illness which was later diagnosed as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Arduously she recovered from the illness and in 2003 she made her stage debut as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Shakespeare Festival in Leeds and Brighton.

She now lives in a rented flat in London.

Lost roles

In 1989 she received offers for movies like Mermaids by Richard Benjamin and Husbands and Wives by Woody Allen, but due to problems with Cher and Woody Allen she lost her roles to Winona Ryder and Juliette Lewis. In the case of Mermaids she sued Orion Pictures and received $ 750,000 (= $435,000 and 2.5% of the net profits of the film) on damages. In 1995 she lost the title role in the movie Tank Girl. The director was unsatisfied and so the role went to Lori Petty.

In 2004 she received a role in the British televison series Denial, the British counterpart to Sex and the City, but according to media reports this show was cancelled.

Her first attempt as stage actress ended with casting problems for Pygmalion where she had to leave the play during the rehearsal.


Year Title Character Director
2005 Kings X - Ken Russell
2005 Hey Mr. DJ Angela Danny Patrick
2003 Riverworld Alice Lidell Hargreaves Kari Skogland
2002 The Honeytrap Catherine Michael G. Gunther
1998 Brand New World aka Woundings Kim Patterson Roberta Hanley
1998 Boogie Boy Hester Craig Hamann
1997 Liver's Ain't Cheap aka The Real Thing Lisa James Merendino
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo Annie McGee Michael Winterbottom
1996 Masculine Mescaline - Gary Love
1996 When Saturday Comes Annie Doherty Maria Giese
1996 Dead Girl Mother Adam Coleman Howard
1995 Under the Hula Moon Betty Wall Jeff Celentano
1995 Les Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma aka A Hundred and One Night - Agnes Varda
1994 Override Avis Danny Glover
1992 A River Runs Through It Jessie Burns Robert Redford
1991 Scorchers Splendid David Baird
1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Betty Jones Bernard Rose
1989 In Country Samantha Hughes Norman Jewison
1989 Cookie Carmela 'Cookie' Voltecki Susan Seidelman
1987 Wish You Were Here Lynda Mansell David Leland

Television Appearances

  • 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute
  • 1997 An Audience with Elton John
  • 1997 Light Lunch


  • 1987 National Society of Film Critics Award Best Actress in Wish You Were Here
  • 1987 Evening Standard British Film Award Best Actress in Wish You Were Here


  • Her younger sister Charlotte Ball played the 11-year-old Lynda in the opening sequence of the movie Wish You Were Here
  • She is 1,75 m tall and has blonde hair and blue eyes
  • She had problems with the police in California when she drove a car without a valid driving license
  • Peter Falk gave her a real slap in the face during the filming of Cookie
  • She was #6 on the Richard Blackwell list of the ten worst-dressed women in 1989
  • She was among the many presenters and stars at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute on June 11, 1988 at the Wembley Stadium in London
  • She is affected to American accents

Further reading

  • 1991 Quinlans Illustrated Directory of Film Stars by David Quinlan, B.T. Batsford Limited - London, (eng) ISBN 0-7134-6324-4
  • 1993 Halliwells Filmgoer's Companion 10th Edition by John Walker (Editor) and Leslie Halliwell, HarperCollinsPublishers - London, (eng) ISBN 0-5860-9174-2
  • 1995 Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia: Career Profiles of More Than 2,000 Actors and Filmmakers, Past and Present by Leonard Maltin, Spencer Green (Editor), Luke Sader (Editor), Cathleen Anderson (Editor), Plume Books, (eng) ISBN 0-4522-7058-8

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