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Cariad Lloyd
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Lloyd in 2018
Katie Cariad Lloyd

(1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 (age 38)
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
  • Comedian
  • actor
Years active2006–present

Katie Cariad Lloyd (known as Cariad Lloyd) is a British comedian, actor, writer, and podcaster who has been performing since 2007.[2] She was nominated in 2011 for Best Newcomer at the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her debut solo show, Lady Cariad's Characters. She also won the Edtwinge award for most positively tweeted-about show during the Fringe.[3] She is a member of the improvisational comedy group Austentatious and teaches improv.[4]

Early life

Lloyd was born in London. She is of Welsh descent on her father’s side.[5] Her father died of pancreatic cancer when she was 15.[6]

She studied English literature at the University of Sussex, where she first met her friend and fellow comedian Sara Pascoe.[7] Lloyd worked with Pascoe as a tour guide on open-top buses in London.[8]


Television and radio work

Lloyd has performed in numerous sketches on BBC Comedy Online including Funtime (a Dawson Bros. pilot), The Proposal[9] and Dirty Dancing.[10] She has performed for the BBC Radio 4 shows Newsjack, My First Planet, The Now Show and The Guns of Adam Riches.

Lloyd has appeared on television shows such as Channel 4's Cardinal Burns and CBBC's Fit and DNN and in films such as Baby Cow Productions' Caravan and Film4's Hallo Panda.

She wrote and performed in her own comedy pilot for BBC3, The Cariad Show. In May 2014, BBC Radio 4 aired a pilot for The Cariad Radio Show, which was featured on the BBC Comedy of the Week podcast. Since 2014 she has been co-writing and performing in the BBC Radio Wales sketch comedy show Here Be Dragons.

In 2014 Lloyd starred as Holly in the BBC Three comedy pilot Vodka Diaries and as Poppy in the comedy series Give Out Girls on Comedy Central. In 2015 she played Dawn, a warden in a young offenders' institution in the BBC Three comedy series Crims. She was also a series regular, playing several semi-improvised characters on Murder in Successville with Tom Davis.

Lloyd is a regular panellist on QI, having appeared in 11 episodes as of January 2020. She has also appeared on Have I Got News for You, Would I Lie to You?, The News Quiz and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

She appeared in the final series of Peep Show as Megan.

Live performance

Lloyd has performed in a variety of live shows since 2006, including The Freewheelin' Cariad Lloyd[11] at Edinburgh Festival Fringe[12] in 2012. In 2013, she performed in The 50 Hour Improvathon at Hoxton Hall,[13] and The Freewheelin' Cariad Lloyd at Soho Theatre[14] among others.[15] In 2014 she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with Louise Ford in Cariad and Louise's Character Hour.[16]

Lloyd is a member of the improvisational comedy group Austentatious. In 2014 the show won the Chortle Award for Best Character, Improv or Sketch Act,[17] and two DVDs of one of their live shows have been released by Go Faster Stripe in 2015 and 2018.[18] Other members of the group include Rachel Parris, Amy Cooke-Hodgson and Joseph Morpurgo.


In August 2019 it was announced that Lloyd is writing a book on grief called You Are Not Alone to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing.[19]


Since 2016 Lloyd has hosted a podcast called Griefcast which is a series of downloadable conversations Lloyd has, mostly with fellow comedians, about dealing with the loss of a loved one. It won three awards: "Best Entertainment podcast", "Best Interview podcast" and "Podcast of the Year" at the 2018 British Podcast awards.[20]

Lloyd has appeared on other comedians' podcasts including Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown in 2012, Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast in 2016 and Do the Right Thing in 2017.[21][22]



Year Title Role Notes
2012–14 Comedy Feeds Various/Holly Episodes: "Dawson Bros. Funtime", "The Cariad Show" and "Vodka Diaries"
2013 Badults Fiona Episode: "Past"
2014 Give Out Girls Poppy Main role
2014 Crackanory Mary Hardacre / Sheila / Tamsin Live action actor
2014 Siblings Debbie Episode: "Balcombe Funeral"
2014 Toast of London Lindy Makehouse Episode: "Buried Alive"
2015 Crims Dawn Recurring role
2015 The Delivery Man Alice Episode: "Truth"
2015 Inside No. 9 Gemma Episode: "Séance Time"
2015–17 Murder in Successville Various Series regular
2015, 2017, 2019 Have I Got News for You Guest panellist Episodes: 49.07, 53.05 and 57.05
2015 Peep Show Megan Series 9
2015–19 QI Panellist Episodes: "Miscellany", "Making a Meal of It", "Naming Names", "Nature/Nurture", "Noodles", "Organisms", "Objects and Ornaments", "Pubs", "Phenomenal", "Quintessential", "Qanimals"
2015 I Want My Wife Back Keeley Series Regular
2016 Drunk History: UK Anne Boleyn
2016, 2017 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Panellist Episodes: 8.02, 11.07 and 14.01
2017, 2020 Pointless Celebrities Contestant Episodes: Aired 10 February 2018; 18 January 2020
2018 Would I Lie to You? Panellist Series 11 Episode 7
2019 This Time with Alan Partridge Alice Fluck Series 1 Episode 1
2019 Hypothetical Guest Series 1 Episode 8


  1. ^ "Cariad Lloyd". IMDb. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  2. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Cariad Lloyd, comedian tour dates :     Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ "BBC Three - Comedy At The Fringe - Cariad Lloyd". BBC.
  4. ^ Ltd, Go Media. "Cariad Lloyd at Great British Speakers". Great British Speakers.
  5. ^ Neil (3 August 2013). "Behind The Improv: Cariad Lloyd". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  6. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (28 July 2018). "Cariad Lloyd: 'I wanted to thank the dead people. This only exists because they died'". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Grainger, Jed (2 April 2017). "Interview: Cariad Lloyd". The Badger.
  8. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "RHLSTP 99 - Cariad Lloyd - RHLSTP with Richard Herring". British Comedy Guide.
  9. ^ BBC Online "Cariad Lloyd The Proposal"
  10. ^ BBC Online "Dirty Dancing" 2012
  11. ^ The Independent "Cariad Lloyd The Freewheelin Cariad Lloyd at Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh" 9 August 2012.
  12. ^ The Independent "Cariad Lloyd Edinburgh Review" 26 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Hoxton Hall - What's On Current Events - Extempore Theatre presents The sixth annual London 50-hour Improvathon". 24 May 2013. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  14. ^ Soho Theatre Performance "Soho- C Lloyd" Archived 20 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Gigs "Cariad Lloyd – Gigs" Archived 5 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Cariad and Louise\'s Character Hour". Broadway Baby. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Chortle Awards 2014: Best character, improv or sketch group: Austentatious" – via
  18. ^ "DVD review: Austentatious : DVD and CD reviews 2015 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide".
  19. ^ Bennett, Steve. "Cariad Lloyd writes a book about grief". Chortle.
  20. ^ "British Podcast Awards 2018: Cariad Lloyd's Griefcast sweeps the board". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  21. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Series 2, Episode 6 (Window) – Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown". British Comedy Guide.
  22. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "2017 Summer Special 1 (Cariad Lloyd & Phil Wang) – Do The Right Thing". British Comedy Guide.

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