Lloyd Battista performs several characters and directs BBC Radio 5's successful import American radio soap opera Milford-Haven.
The irascible, unpredictable, and iron-willed "Jack Sawyer",-- and the suave, cultivated oil tycoon "Joseph Calvin" -- both these key radio serial characters-- and others besides-- are portrayed by well known actor Lloyd Battista.
One of the most experienced radio actors in the U.S. today, Lloyd was one of the stars in the last major American dramatic radio series, "CBS Mystery Theatre of the Air" which aired from 1972 through 1980. His rich voice and expert foreign dialects were in such demand that he dubbed into English many of the films of both Marcello Mastrioni and Yves Montand.
American and European audiences alike will remember his exotic looks from such feature films as "Chisom" with John Wayne, "Love And Death" with Woody Allen, and "Blindman" with Ringo Starr. Lloyd's is one of the most familiar faces on American television, his having appeared in such well known and long running series as "Perry Mason", "Hunter", "The Bill Cosby Show", "Streets of San Francisco", "Here's Lucy", "Mission Impossible", and many others. Nor is he any stranger to soap opera, having guest starred on day-time soaps "One Life to Live", "Search For Tomorrow", as well as starring for 5 years on CBS's "Love of Life".
Lloyd has appeared on Broadway many times in such notable plays as "The Homecoming" with the Royal Shakespeare Company, "Dracula", "Those That Play The Clowns", and "The Miser", and in Off-Broadway productions including "Gorky", "Murder In The Cathedral", "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and "The Fire And The Rose". He has also worked with numerous repertory companies including those at Lincoln Center in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Anxious to make a further contribution, Lloyd also stepped behind the scenes to direct a number of Milford-Haven's original radio episodes. With a depth of perception derived from his many years of experience, Lloyd brought a perspective and life to scenes and characters which further enhanced not only the professional quality of the program, but the actors' enjoyment of the process, which in turn provides listeners with a drama rich in nuance and sparkling with humor.