Lloyd was born in Cefn Cribwr, studied Drama at Hull University, and subsequently worked widely in theatre and opera direction and design. As a founding member of Mappa Mundi he has directed and designed (among others) their productions of Antony and Cleopatra, Loves Labours Lost, Macbeth, Henry V, Titus Andronicus, Henry VIII, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, and The Complete Female Stage Beauty. For Mappa Mundi he has appeared in the roles of Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Samuel Pepys in The Complete Female Stage Beauty.
His recent productions include Squeaking Cleopatras at the Edinburgh Festival (an exploration of men in female roles in Shakespeare) in which he also played Countess Olivia, Cleopatra and Lady Alice, and several operas for Edinburgh Symphony Baroque: Handel’s Xerxes and Semele. For Edinburgh Studio Opera he has recently staged Venus and Adonis (Blow), Acis and Galataea (Handel), La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) King Arthur (Purcell), and The Magic Flute (Mozart). He recently directed the world premiere of Tom Cunningham and Alexander McCall Smith’s opera Fergus of Galoway.
Lloyd holds a doctorate from Cardiff University and, in his other life, he is Professor of Greek and Iranian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of numerous books on ancient history and on Hollywood cinema.