ACTOR AND writer Jeremy Lloyd, who created sitcoms including Are You Being Served? and ’Allo ’Allo!, has died aged 84.
His agent said Lloyd, who was awarded an OBE for services to comedy in 2012, died in a London hospital on Monday from pneumonia.
Alexandra Cann said: “Jeremy was a great wit and always a mass of original ideas.”
Lloyd, who was married three times, including to Joanna Lumley, created a string of hit shows with writing partner David Croft.
He worked as a paint salesman and a road digger before getting into showbusiness and enjoyed a screen career of his own before devoting himself to providing the lines for others.
Lloyd, the son of an army officer and a dancer, was born in London but brought up in Manchester by his grandmother.
He regularly appeared on the hugely popular Billy Cotton Band Show, where he met Croft.
They created Are You Being Served?, set in the fictional Grace Brothers store. Its run spanned 13 years.
They worked on further shows such as Come Back Mrs Noah and Oh Happy Band, then struck comedy gold again with ’Allo ’Allo! about the French Resistance, which lasted the best part of a decade.
Writing about their marriage, which lasted less than a year, Lumley said: “He was witty, tall and charming – we should have just had a raging affair.”
His third marriage, to interior designer Lizzy Moberly, took place in central London this June.