Born in Essex in 1930, Lloyd started his career in writing in 1958. He was also an actor, making his film debut in 1960s comedy School for Scoundrels and making cameos in Beatles films A Hard Day’s Night and Help. He achieved acclaim in America for his appearances in the 1969 season of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. But he didn’t appear in the next season, having left the country to enter a brief marriage with Joanna Lumley.
In 2013, Jeremy Lloyd was awarded an OBE for services to British comedy. With the sitcoms he co-created still repeated regularly on British TV screens, the love the public has for his particular brand of humour, using double meanings and ridiculous situations to push the characters to their limits.