Norman Lovett in 2005
|Birth name||Norman Lovett|
31 October 1946 |
Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, actor, film, television|
In 1989, Lovett appeared in his own surreal BBC2 sitcom called I, Lovett, in which he played a character called Norman. Seven years later, he played Dr. Lovett in the short-lived sitcom Asylum which spawned many other successful careers. He has made a number of acting appearances such as the Ghost of Christmas Past in a TV adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Mr Follett in The History of Tom Jones, the film The Criminal, as well as the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, and an appearance in The Young Ones in the episode "Summer Holiday". He has appeared TV's in The Bill and three episodes of the Scottish sitcom Rab C Nesbitt.
Lovett played the role Holly in Red Dwarf in its first and second series. Starting from the third series, Lovett declined to join the cast due to the fact that Red Dwarf filming moved to London, while Lovett moved to Edinburgh, and the distance between the two cities decreased his willingness of participation.
Lovett returned in the seventh series as a guest star and the eighth as a regular. However, disagreement with the producer, Doug Naylor, means that for a period Lovett claimed refusal to take part in any further Red Dwarf productions.
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