Where are they now: Harry Lloyd
Disclaimer: Harry Lloyd was my first true TV boyfriend. I watched everything he’d ever been in, made GIF sets of him, and even crossed the seven seas to meet him. (You know the picture of him on his Wikipedia page? My friend C took that while I was talking to him. Yep, that’s my claim to
stalker fame, lol).
Harry Lloyd, he of the direct descent from Charles Dickens, got his first real acting break when he was as Young Steerforth in the 1999 version of David Copperfield. He shared screen space with some kid named Daniel Radcliffe.
Look at that face. OMG.
After he narrowly missed out on being the young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry took time off to get an education, graduating from Oxford University in 2005. He spent some time treading the boards in London and then got a gig as a series regular on the mercifully short-lived Vital Signs. The show was terrible, but it did feature Harry regularly making faces like this one:
Repeat after me: it’s wrong to fangirl a boy in school uniform, it’s wrong to fangirl a boy in school uniform, it’s wrong to…ah, too late.
More memorably, he was also Baines/Son of Mine in a two-parter of Doctor Who, possibly the two best episodes of the show ever. (Ok, so these are the only two episodes I’ve ever seen).
Now you know where Will got the crazy eyes from…
In 2006, Harry was cast as Will Scarlett in the BBC’s newer (and campier) version of Robin Hood, and the rest is…history.
Initially the gang’s token angry young man, he later became its chief engineer (aka the crafty craftsman), its quiet voice of reason, and unwittingly, part of the show’s only memorable love triangle. He appeared in 26 episodes before being unexpectedly shunted off to the Holy Land at the end of Season 2. Will Scarlett was never heard from again, but hey, at least he got the girl, right?
After his stint on Robin Hood, Harry made a number of small appearances on TV and bigger appearances on the stage before he landed his most memorable part to date. In 2011, he was cast on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Viserys of the House Targaryen, the Third of His Name, King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, a character exactly as obnoxious and insufferable as that title suggests. Harry was so good in the part that some fans actually regretted Viserys’ (very memorable) death on the show!
Since Game of Thrones, Harry has had a number of noteworthy roles on TV and film. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his role on The Fear and had a lead role in Nae Caranfil’s caper movie Closer to the Moon. He was a series regular on WGN’s excellent but sorely underrated Manhattan. He has also appeared in a number of independent projects, including Big Significant Things and the short film Oscar & Jim. Most recently, he was part of a stellar ensemble cast in the World War II-era film Anthropoid.
But for my money, Harry’s best work has been in the web series he wrote, produced, and starred in, Supreme Tweeter. You can watch it HERE. It’s funny, self-deprecating, and as commentary on social networking, it’s a gentle rebuke to all of us for taking it (and Harry) just a bit too seriously.