On the Couch with Joshua Lloyd

Joshua Lloyd AAR On the CouchWho is Joshua Lloyd?
I play the Barman in The Choir of Man. I am a pretty laid back guy from Hinckley – which is a little town in the Midlands in the middle of England. I’ve been acting/singing professionally for around 6 years now and have performed all over the world. I trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. In my spare time I love to be around friends and family catching up and going to great restaurants. I also have an interest in photography. I’m in a relationship with a beautiful woman (Christel) from South Africa who I met on my previous contract on a cruise ship. I have an older brother David and a younger sister Paige and my amazing mother Jayne. I’m a big family man, they are the most important people in my life who give me endless support in my job.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I always had an interest in the human body so possibly was going to go into physio-therapy or my family are all builders/tradesman so possibly a builder or electrician.

Who inspires you and why?
My mother she’s a truly amazing lady she has always told me the truth even at times when I didn’t want to hear it but needed to, she has always kept me down to earth and helped me remember where I come from. She gives me endless support not only emotionally but financially. She also gives me and my other siblings endless love and she truly is the chief in our family.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Me personally I believe that you can only be the best version of you so don’t try to be anything else, I think that is a really good message for the young people of today especially with everything they see on TV and the internet just be truthful to yourself and be the best you. As a worldwide thing I think education is really important so I’d try and make it more accessible for everyone no matter who you are. I always say knowledge is power and with great power comes great responsibility.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
To be honest I honestly believe that with holidays, it’s who you are with 90% of the time. Saying that, I traveled a lot last year and one of the most beautiful places I traveled to was Tallin, Estonia and Tromso, Norway even though they were freezing cold. Amazing place in the heat would either be St Lucia or Bermuda, amazing beaches and absolutely stunning scenery.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
So the actual town where I’m from there isn’t a lot going on, but when my girlfriend came from South Africa, I took her to Warwick Castle which is a medieval castle that you can walk around and explore with its grounds and history. We also went to London walked around the Southbank and then watched the West End show, Wicked. That way I showed them some history and culture and some entertainment.

What are you currently reading?
I’m a very bad actor in that I don’t really read but when I do pick up a book its usually an autobiography and the last one I read was Michael Caine, a very good read. I also like reading about successful people or inspirational people, a really good book was The University of Greatness – brilliant book!

What are you currently listening to?
Lately I’ve been trying to listen to more artist’s usually listen to Stevie Wonder or jazz, but at the minute, I’m listening to a singer called Chris Stapleton and Allen Stone.

Happiness is?
For me is when I’m around my family and friends and being together. I also have a quote that I think is beautiful it’s a barman quote “The noblest art is that of making others happy.”

What does the future hold for you?
Who knows is my truthful answer. 18 months ago, I was thinking of giving up acting because I couldn’t land a job, then in the last 18 months I’ve only had 3 weeks off. So, I just hope that I keep working and I stay healthy and just keep going. Never give up and be the best version of you.

Joshua stars in the runaway hit from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, The Choir of Man – which plays The Studio – Sydney Opera House: 20 March – 7 April 2019. For more information, visit: www.sydneyoperahouse.com for details.

Image: Joshua Lloyd (supplied)

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