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Norman Lovett, born in Windsor in 1946, is an English stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his role as Holly in Red Dwarf. He reprised the role in the 12th series of the show in 2012.
He was well into his 30’s by the time he started doing stand-up. His comedy has a quiet, dead-pan surrealism, and in 2000 he made a successful stand up tour, co-headlining with Chris Barrie, who played Rimmer in Red Dwarf. He has played the original Comedy Store many times and even supported the Clash, which he sites as one of the personal highlights of his career.
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It’s said that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but it turns out as long as your hero is Norman Lovett, than it’s all OK. Probably best known for his portrayal of Holly in Red Dwarf – Norman gives a masterful display of the laid back, surreal whimsy that’s made him a cult figure on and off screens.
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Lovett first tried his hand at comedy during his early 30’s in London. He wrote some ‘stupid comedy songs’ and started performing these with his friend Bernie’s band, doing gigs with them at The Lyceum. He went on to perform at The Comedy Store and even performed on tour with The Clash.
Norman Lovett is best known for his role as Holly in the 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 8th series of cult TV show Red Dwarf. Following the success of Red Dwarf X, Lovett resumed contact with Naylor, resulting in his guest appearance in the twelfth series episode “Skipper”.
In 1989, he 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. In 2006, he appeared in the British horror film Evil Aliens. His wife and two daughters are all actors.