Kevin Reardon Lloyd
|Date of Birth:||
28 March 1949
|Date of Death:||
2 May 1998 (age: 49)
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Kevin Reardon Lloyd (28 March 1949 - 2 May 1998) was a British actor, born in Derby, and trained at East 15 Acting School, London. Best known for his part of DC Alfred "Tosh" Lines in Thames Television's The Bill.
Prior to this he had already played the high profile role of nightclub owner, Don Watkins, in the soap opera Coronation Street. He also made appearances in a number of other TV shows, including Boon, Minder, Z-Cars, Andy Capp, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and Casualty.
Lloyd was one of the most popular members of the television show, The Bill. In the 1980s the show won the award for "Best TV Drama" at the National Television Awards and it was Lloyd who collected it on behalf of the cast and crew.
A chronic alcoholic, he played "Tosh" continuously from 1988 until he was sacked from The Bill in 1998 for his lack of punctuality and failing to learn his lines. Within days, he was admitted to a clinic in Burton upon Trent for detoxification and was administered sedative medication, but then left the premises to drink alcohol. He returned to the clinic in an intoxicated state, retired to bed, fell asleep, then choked on his vomit, failing to awaken due to the mixture of sedatives and alcohol in his bloodstream. He died just one week after his dismissal from The Bill.
The nature of his untimely demise has prompted common use of the term "on the Tosh" as a figure of speech for an episode of binge-drinking, after the name of Lloyd's on-screen character.
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