Person - Lloyd Berrell

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LLOYD DUDLEY BERRELL (1926 - 1957)

Lloyd played the Narrator in NT’s 1945 production of the verse play Sons of the Morning written by Catherine Duncan. Born in Wellington New Zealand, Lloyd moved to Australia as a boy and acted on radio, and during the Second World War was with the Australian Broadcast Control Unit. He acted at the Independent, Mercury and Elizabethan theatres, with actor/manager John Alden, and on screen in The Shiralee and Long John Silver, its cast including Grant Taylor . He played a Malay pearler In King of the Coral Sea its cast including Reg Lye and was in Long John Silver Returns to Treasure Island and His Majesty O’Keefe. On stage he acted in the 1948 Independent Theatre production of Rusty Bugles and played Roo in the Sydney premiere of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in January 1956.

In 1946 he married Mary Mildred Haigh at Woollahra. After their highly publicised divorce in 1948 he married actress and artist “Betty” Ruby Elizabeth Leggo in 1952. In 1953 he won the Macquarie best male actor award alongside Margaret Christensen as best female. Aged 31, he died on 30 December 1957 in a flu epidemic at sea en route to Europe.

Reg Campbell's portrait of Lloyd as Hamlet's uncle Claudius was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Loyd's son Saban Lloyd Berrell became an actor.

Lloyd Berrell has a Wikipedia entry.


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