Cariad Lloyd

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Cariad is an actor, comedian, writer and improviser.

She performed her second solo show, The Freewheelin’ Cariad Lloyd to critical acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, despite featuring a character based on a moomin. She was nominated in 2011 for Best Newcomer at the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her debut solo show, Lady Cariad’s Characters. She also won the Edtwinge award for most positively tweeted about show during the Fringe.

Cariad has appeared in award winning E4 sketch show Cardinal Burns, CBBC’s FIT and DNN and a variety of BBC 3 online sketches. For Radio 4 she has featured in Newsjack, My First Planet, The Guns of Adam Riches and The Now Show. She has just finished filming a web pilot for BBC 3, The Cariad Show available now on iPlayer and can soon be seen in Sky Living’s new sitcom Give Out Girls.

Cariad performs live with her comedy characters and is also a member of Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novelan impro collective who perform made-up Jane Austen novels, with live cello accompaniment. The group stormed the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, and were Chortle nominated for best sketch act. She also performs weekly with veteran impro troupe Grand Theft Impro. She teaches improv at The Actors Centre and for David Shore’s Level 1 & Level 2 classes. And she has performed improv in Canada, Europe and at The UCB and The PIT in New York.

As an experienced impro artist, Cariad has written and devised sketches and impro games for a series of corporate clients including John Lewis and Lloyds TSB. As a sketch writer, Cariad can tailor-write sketches for any corporate setting, helping to bring energy and engagement to a conference. With impro, Cariad is able to provide bespoke games or situations allowing interactive learning or even to purely entertain after dinner ? bringing fun and enthusiasm to any situation.

“The performance is priceless” **** – The Guardian
“smart, offbeat comedy” **** – Ian Shuttleworth, FT
“A Virtuoso” – The Times


Cariad worked on a number of conferences for the internal launch of John Lewis Insurance in February 2011 and her improv skills were instrumental in bringing a potentially dry subject to life. Cariad interacted with staff in a number of ways to help them understand their call to action, whilst maintaining the energy, enthusiasm and overall sense of fun we had hoped for when we devised them.

Faisal Babar, Marketing Manager Instore, John Lewis Financial Services