Harry Lloyd was first discovered by a BBC casting agent at the age of 15 whilst rehearsing a play at Eton College. He was swiftly cast as Steerforth in their Christmas costume drama of 1999, 'David Copperfield,' alongside Sir Ian McKellen and the young Daniel Radcliffe. Having secured an agent, he went on to appear with Martin Clunes in ITV's 'Goodbye Mr Chips' a few years later. Slightly worried he would spend his career in period costume, Lloyd was thrilled to be cast as the murderer in an episode of 'Murder Investigation Team' before leaving school for Oxford University.
After Oxford, he appeared in 'A Comedy of Errors' alongside Felicity Jones on an OUDS tour to Japan, produced by Thelma Holt.
Upon his return, Lloyd made appearances as misguided young men in 'The Bill' and 'Holby City,' before being cast in ITV's 6-part series 'Vital Signs,' starring Tamzin Outhwaite. The show's producers were so impressed with Lloyd's portrayal that they immediately cast him as Will Scarlett in their upcoming family series for BBC 1, 'Robin Hood' - flying him out to shoot the drama/adventure in Budapest the day after wrapping VS in North London.
Before returning to Budapest to film the second series, Lloyd continued to prove his wide-ranging talent. He filmed BBC 1's 'Heroes and Villains' opposite Steve Waddington, and 'Dr Who' with David Tennant, in which he played the lead villain in a double-bill episode. Russell T. Davies liked Lloyd's audition so much, he expanded the role of the alien ‘Son of Mine' into the story's lead guest part.
Lloyd received stand-out reviews for his performance in Neil LaBute's 'Bash,' as John, the all-American college student who relives his horrific murder of a gay man in Central Park. After returning to Sherwood Forest in 2007, and keen to get back to the theatre after seven months in front of the camera, Harry immediately started work on 'The Good Family,' part of a double-bill Upstairs at the Royal Court. Once this Swedish comedy was open, Lloyd was able to begin rehearsals for Jonathan Kent's West End revival of Edward Bond's 'The Sea,' starring Dame Eileen Atkins and David Haig.
Lloyd followed this by playing Prince Rupert in Channel 4's award-winning drama 'The Devil's Whore,' with a cast of Britain's finest including Andrea Riseborough, Michael Fassbender and Dominic West. And before returning to the West End once again, Lloyd created the role of Alex in BBC's comedy series 'Taking the Flak,' replacing Mackenzie Cook's character from the pilot.
His next play was Linday Posner's ‘perfectly pitched' [Whatsonstage] and ‘outstanding revival' [The Independent] of Arthur Miller's 'A View From the Bridge,' starring Ken Stott, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Hayley Atwell. He returned from that play's national tour to rehearse with director Bijan Sheibani for Rebecca Lenkiowicz's new translation of 'Ghosts' at the Arcola Theatre. Whatsonstage called his performance ‘superb' and Lloyd was nominated for an Ian Charleson award for his portrayal of Osvald, Ibsen's classic hero who is fraught with guilty demons as he struggles against the syphilitic madness which is slowly killing him.
By the time the play had finished its run in summer 2009, Lloyd had been cast in his next two projects, 'Game of Thrones' and the play 'The Little Dog Laughed,' by Douglas Carter Beane. Days after the final show, Harry was in Derbyshire making his movie debut in Cary Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre,' starring Mia Wasikiwska, Michael Fassbender and Judi Dench amongst many others.