Although Roger Lloyd-Pack has made appearances on many TV shows throughout his career, the character we’ll always associate him with is ‘Trigger’ from Only Fools and Horses. While Roger himself has become a British legend in the world of acting, his daughter Emily also went on to follow in her father’s footsteps and made her big break in Hollywood.
Fans were devastated when the Only Fools’ actor passed away at the age of 69 in 2014 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, however, his legacy has certainly lived on through his daughter’s work.
Unlike Emily though who made her name at the age of 16, Roger found it hard to get a break in his early acting career, due to the fact that he was always considered ‘old looking’. It wasn’t until he reached the forty-mark that he managed to secure big roles.
Roger admitted that upon gaining the role of Trigger, he would often be shouted at by members of the public in the street, most often with ‘Wotcha Trigger’ and even admitted that due to his character’s dim-witted personality, those who he met and spoke to him believed he was a bit stupid. He also once said that the role was “like an albatross in one way. If something becomes mega, like Fools, you’ve had it. I’ll never escape Trigger, I’ve learnt to live with that.”
5. Who is Emily Lloyd?
Daughter of Roger, Emily Lloyd made her name in the acting industry at the age of sixteen when she appeared in the 1987 David Leland film, ‘Wish You Were Here’. Now aged 47, it’s safe to say that Emily hasn’t had an easy ride in life in regard to both her professional career and personal situations. The star has suffered from various health issues which may well have prevented her from becoming the huge star she once set out to be.
Emily first started training at the Italia Conti school, but was soon picked up by David Leland who asked her to audition for the role of Lynda Mansell in ‘Wish You Were Here’ in 1986.
Stephen Spielberg was so impressed by the 16-year-old’s talent, that he asked her to meet him at his office, but told the young star to “be a kid and go to Disneyland,”, referring to the fact that the movie industry could be cruel, even to children.
In 1989, she appeared in her next film, ‘Cookie’ in which she beat over 5000 other auditionees for the role; some of those huge A-listers. It was, however, reported that leading actor Peter Falk became extremely annoyed with her during filming and resulted in him hitting her across the face in a moment of anger.
Angering other filmstars wasn’t a one-off situation though, as she also had a run-in with Bruce Willis during the production of In Country. The pair appeared to clash and refused to speak to one another for the duration of the filming.
Despite the sruggles, these very early appearances led onto great things – Emily was offered the lead role in Pretty Woman (which ended up going to Julia Roberts) but turned down the part to accept a role in Mermaids alongside Cher.
While things were looking plain-sailing at this point, it wasn’t until Cher met Emily on set and simply decided that she just wasn’t the right fit for the person who would be playing her daughter.
“She had an ego as big as her hair. She stared and stared at me through her ridiculous sunglasses for ages and then finally screeched: ‘You don’t look genetically like me.’” Emily recalled of Cher.
“I thought this was a bit rich. I looked at her and said: ‘Well you don’t look genetically like you.’ It was unlikely we would bond after that.”
After a bit of an awkward dispute between the two stars, the role was later handed to Wynona Ryder, however, Emily didn’t leave matters there and sued the production company Orien Pictures £111,000 for the trouble caused.
3.Who has Emily dated?
Similarly to many other Hollywood stars, Emily dated many A-listers in the business. Some of those included actor Sean Penn who starred in Blockbuster films such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Dead Man Walking (1995). She also dated another actor, Tim Roth who starred in films such as The Hit (1984), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Vincent & Theo (1990) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990).
She also had other brief relationships with rock star Gavin Rossdale, who was the rhythm guitarist of the band ‘Bush’, and not forgetting her fling with Danny Huston; an American actor and director.
Despite her big break in the Hollywood film industry, Emily like many others caught up in the showbiz lifestyle faced tragedy when it came to her personal life.
In recent years, she has gone on to speak about the issues she faced, but assures both herself and fans that she’s ‘finally conquered (her) demons.”
Over the years, the actress suffered from a number of mental illnesses including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and drug abuse.
“I had certain rituals and wouldn’t leave the house before touching certain things.” she told The Sunday People of her obsessional disorder. “I used to tell a friend they had to touch the same wall as me if they wanted to be famous. Years later when my fame took off I saw the same friend and she said, ‘I wish I’d touched that bloody wall.’”
“I didn’t know if I could face reliving those parts of my life again. For years I’d shut out those memories, so to open them up again was hard at first.” she recalled of her darkest days in the interview..
“But gradually the more I addressed it the more I began to see all my experiences – the good and the bad – shaped the person I am today.”
Emily has since written an autobiography about those early days in the industry, in which she explains in detail the issues she faced upon hitting the peak of her career. She states how she suffered abuse as a young child, as well as contemplating suicide as her only way out.
Emily admits that she suffered a serious medical issue as a result of an abortion during her pregnancy with twins. Some years later, she took medication for bipolar disorder and insomnia; the latter leaving her with speech problems.
Despite all of the personal setbacks she has encountered, Emily states that she is extremely lucky for all of the opportunities within her career: “A lot of people say my career went downhill but I like to think I’ve been lucky to have had the career I have. Hundreds of actresses would love to have had the chances I had.” she went on to tell the Sunday People. “I’d like to think I’m less of a hard-luck story and more of a success.”
It seems as though Emily’s career did take a dip in the last 90’s though, as many of her films received extremely bad critical reviews.
Some of the low-key films she appeared in during this decade included The Real Thing (1996); Deal Girl (1996) and Boogie Boy (1998), all of which have collected a mediocre score of 5/10 on average on IMDB
Luckily, Emily has battled through the turmoil and has since gone on to have a brand new career; perhaps harder than any other – motherhood.
1.Emily now, enjoying motherhood!
Back in 2016, the actress was spotted with a cigar in hand as she pushed her one-year-old daughter around in a pushchair. The child is also the daughter of singer Christian Jupp and the met through a mutual friend. At the time, Jupp was a singer in a band, but has gone on to have a ‘normal’ career in painting and decorating.
Emily admitted that the first time they ever met each other, there were serious conversations being held about their future: “On our very first date we discussed baby names. Lily if it was a girl, James if it was a boy. We just didn’t expect it to happen so soon.” she told Sunday People.
Although the little girl is now Emily’s pride and joy, she admitted that her father’s recent death was extremely unfortunate, due to him never having the opportunity to meet his granddaughter.
In an interview with the Sunday People, she admitted that being a mother was never in her plan, but wished she had had the opportunity to talk about the subject with her late father: “Having children wasn’t anything I ever discussed with Dad but having something positive to focus on helped in some way after his death” she said.
“However, at the same time there is sadness that he isn’t here to enjoy her. Sometimes I wish I could share her with him but I can’t”.
‘I have had my problems over the years but having a baby to care for puts everything into perspective.’ she went on to say.