Norman Lovett (born 31 October 1946) is an English stand-up comedian and actor, best known for the role of Holly in Red Dwarf during the first, second, seventh (as a guest star) and eighth series. His comedy has a quiet, dead-pan surrealism, and in 2000 he made a successful stand up tour, co-headlining with Chris Barrie, who played Rimmer in Red Dwarf. Lovett was born in Windsor, Berkshire. Lovett is divorced and has two daughters, Lily and Kitty. Prior to his performing career, Lovett did office and manual work with the final job at the Whitechapel Art Gallery as an attendant.
In 1989, he appeared in his own surreal BBC2 sitcom called I, Lovett, in which he played a dress wearing character called Norman. Seven years later, he played Dr. Lovett in the short-lived sitcom Asylum which spawned many other successful careers.
He has made a number of acting appearances such as the Ghost of Christmas Past in a TV adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Mr Follett in The History of Tom Jones, the film The Criminal, as well as the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, and a cameo appearance in The Young Ones in the episode "Summer Holiday". He has been in 'The Bill' and three episodes of the Scottish sitcom Rab C Nesbitt. In 2006, he appeared in the low-budget British horror film Evil Aliens.
In 2009, Lovett said he would no longer take part in any further Red Dwarf productions, considering himself to have been mistreated by Grant Naylor Productions. He states that the final straw came when they asked him to keep his diary free for "Back To Earth" (a three-part special for Dave) and subsequently did not inform him that he would not be required when production began.
However, in November 2012, following the success of Red Dwarf X, he stated that he has begun speaking with Doug Naylor again.
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