Emily Lloyd

Emily Lloyd (born as Emily Lloyd Pack on 29 September 1970) is an English actress.
Lloyd was born to Roger Lloyd Pack and Sheila Ball in London. Lloyd comes from an actors' 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 was a stage agent and a longtime secretary at Harold Pinter's stage agency. Her grandfather Charles Lloyd Pack had appeared in movies like The Mirror Crack'd, If...., The Three Worlds of Gulliver and Dracula.

Her parents divorced when she was two, and she and her younger sister Charlotte grew up with their mother.

At age 15 she was taking acting lessons at the famous Italia Conti School in London. In 1987, director David Leland chose her for the leading role in his movie Wish You Were Here. The movie was based loosely on the youth memoirs of British madam Cynthia Payne. Lloyd's younger sister played the 11-year-old Lynda in a flashback sequence.

Wish You Were Here was a surprising success at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and 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, she appeared in Cookie by Susan Seidelman and In Country by Norman Jewison, but both movies were box office flops. Her next film was Chicago Joe and the Showgirl. Director Bernard Rose and writer David Yallop adapted the essay Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell, where he described the well-known Cleft chin murders case from war-torn London.

In 1988 she was in talks for the movie Scandal (about the Profumo affair). But because she was too young for that role her part went to Bridget Fonda. In 1989 she received an offer for the movie Mermaids by Richard Benjamin. Due to problems with the film's star, Cher, who was of the opinion that Lloyd didn't fit as her onscreen daughter, she lost the role to Winona Ryder. She sued Orion Pictures and received $175,000 in damages. In 1992 she was scheduled to appear in Husbands and Wives by Woody Allen, but after Allen shot some takes with Lloyd he thought that it wasn't working and so Juliette Lewis took over the role. In 1995 she lost the title role in the movie Tank Girl, apparently refusing to shave her head, so the role went to Lori Petty.

In 1992 she appeared in her most successful movie to date: A River Runs Through It, Robert Redford's screen adaptation of the novel by Norman MacLean.


[edit] Later roles
In the following years, she appeared mostly in B-movies or in films which were either ignored by the audience or received poor reviews.

In 1997, she appeared in a supporting role in the critically acclaimed film Welcome to Sarajevo by Michael Winterbottom. Her first attempt as stage actress in 1997 ended with casting problems for Pygmalion where she had to leave the play during the rehearsal.

In 2002, she appeared in the thriller The Honeytrap, shot in London and directed by Michael G. Gunther, in which she starred alongside Valerie Edmond, Anthony Green and Stuart McQuarrie.

She eventually recovered from her OCD and, in 2003, made her stage debut as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Shakespeare Festival in Leeds and Brighton.

In 2004 she was cast in the British television series Denial, the British counterpart to Sex and the City, but according to media reports this show was cancelled.

Emily Lloyd

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