Lloyd retired in 2016 after a 53-year career embracing broadcasting, theatre and television. Radio has included early days at 2ZM in Wellington as a DJ, newsreader, radio drama actor and children’s show presenter, before a 13-year period as co-host of RNZ National’s all-night programme, which began in 2004.
His theatre side of things took on a professional approach at Downstage in Wellington in 1977 when he was enticed from radio with a 6 month acting contract, and continued there until early 1980, still working in radio. In the decades that followed it was a mixture of theatre, radio and television, which included a 15 year association with NZ icon Barry Crump, in a series of television vehicle commercials for Toyota New Zealand.
Theatre has included plays by Shakespeare, Arbuzov, Chekhov, David Williamson, Sean O’Casey and Dario Fo among others, with musical theatre tours of Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera, (N.Z. and Japan), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, (Singapore, Hong Kong and NZ), and Jesus Christ Superstar (NZ and Australia). Musical theatre is a favourite genre of Lloyd’s.
He’s just finished appearing in “Movers” at Bats Theatre.