Roger Lloyd-Pack: 1944-2014

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Week of January 20, 2014:
Roger Lloyd-Pack: 1944-2014

 

On Wednesday, January 15th, actor Roger Lloyd-Pack died at his home in London after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Roger Lloyd-Pack
Roger Lloyd-Pack in The Vicar of Dibley.

Lloyd-Pack was a familiar face to MPT's fans of British programming. He appeared as farmer Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley, Phil Pratt in Doc Martin, and as Tom Finnan in Old Guys. He is best remembered in England, though, for playing Trigger in the long-running comedy series, Only Fools and Horses. His co-star in that show was Sir David Jason, who we know better as Granville in Open All Hours. On learning of his friend's passing, Jason recalled the good times they had together.

"I was very saddened to hear of Roger's passing", said Jason, who went onto describe his friend as a "quiet, kind, unassuming actor who was a pleasure to work with".

According to Jason, the 69 year old Lloyd-Pack was a "very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles".

Roger Lloyd-Pack
As Barty Crouch, Sr. in the film adaptation
of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Born into an acting family in north London, Lloyd-Pack's father Charles frequently starred in Hammer horror films. Lloyd-Pack's career, however, was a lot more diverse. He starred in everything from the comedies we've mentioned, to Shakespeare. A graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Lloyd-Pack's training was in classical theatre and his early stage work included seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Most recently he appeared as Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and the Duke of Buckingham in Richard III in the acclaimed Globe Theatre productions which recently transferred to Broadway. He also recently appeared in the films Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Lloyd-Pack was decidedly not a fan of the attention brought him by his profession.

Roger Lloyd-Pack
With wife Jehane Markham and daughter Emily Lloyd.

"I think being an actor has been hard for my children", he said. "Although I was at home a lot, particularly when they were young, I think having a famous father is difficult. It can be embarrassing and annoying for the kids".

Although rarely out of work, Lloyd-Pack also found time to be politically active. He was a prominent campaigner for left-winger Ken Livingstone in his failed London Mayoral electoral bid in 2012.

Lloyd-Pack, who was surrounded by his family when he died, is survived by his wife poet, Jehane Markham, whom he married in 2000 and his children from his first marriage, sons Spencer, Hartley and Louis and daughter, actress Emily Lloyd.

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