What happened to Emily Lloyd Troubled star of Wish You Were Here is dishevelled and downcast while walking her dog
23:22 GMT, 14 August 2012
She was once a radiant and glamorous woman who wowed critics with an breathtaking debut in 1987 British film Wish You Were Here.
But as Emily Lloyd will freely admit, the last two decades have been less than kind to the Bafta winning actress due to a tragic battle with depression and insomnia.
And the daughter of Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd Pack, could not look more different from her younger self as walked her dog near her home in Hackney, East London.
Downcast: Emily Lloyd looked far from the bright-eyed blonde that wowed the world in Wish You Were Here 20 years ago, as she walked her dog near her home in Hackney, East London
Twenty years on: Emily, who became an overnight star in the 1987 flick (left) smoked a cigarette (right)
She wore a mismatched outfit as she walked her dog, carrying a few items from a local shop.
Of course, three years ago Emily, with her trademark wit, laughed off critics when she was spotted in a similar outfit.
She said she would like to know what attire might have been more appropriate to take her Staffordshire bull terrier, Randolph, for a walk.
'What should I have worn – a ballgown and tiara My mum said I should laugh it off, and I sort of did.'
In 2009 Emily revealed she had been
suffering from crippling chronic insomnia and admitted this led to her
having more time to analyse her situation during long nights in her bed dwelling on a career that might have been.
For Emily has suffered from mental illness on and off for 20 years and there have
been various diagnoses, among them mild schizophrenia, Tourette's
syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit disorder.
Trademark wit: Emily may not look on form, but three years ago she laughed off critics of a similar photo by asking what attire might have been appropriate – a ball gown and tiara
Dazzling: The girl they hailed as a British Marilyn Monroe in her heyday
In 2009, she said: 'Mental illness is a funny thing. If you have a broken leg you can fix it, but with the mind it's not so simple and there is a stigma attached to it. It can make you feel like a freak.
'There have been various diagnoses, though I don't really like labels. I've tried different types of medication. One type made me put on weight and I had to diet hard to get it back off. Another other increases the risk of insomnia, though I don't know if that triggered it.
'All these trials and tribulations have taught me not to take myself too seriously,' she laughs.
41-year-old's appearance seemed far more glamorous when she was spotted
just a few months ago looking happy and healthier on an outing with her
68-year-old father at the opening night of cabaret show Cantina at the South Bank's Jubilee Gardens.
Inherited talents: Emily and her actor father Roger were out and about a few months ago looking happy and healthy at the opening night of Cantina
It is more than 20 years since Emily Lloyd starred in Wish You Were
Here, the saucy comedy about a sexually precocious teenager growing up
in the Fifties in a small seaside town.
Loosely based on the
memoirs of the brothel madam Cynthia Payne, the role – her first part
after graduating from stage school – turned the young actress into an
Shortly after, she moved to Hollywood as film executives battled to
sign ‘the new Marilyn Monroe’, and over the next decade she worked with
Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Robert Redford.
But, as these pictures show, life has taken a sadly unexpected turn for the actress, now 41.
Emily’s last film
role was a bit part in 2008 minor comedy The Conservatory, while in 2003
she played Ophelia at the Holland Park Theatre Festival in West London.
Big sis: Emily (left), her sister, and father, actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools and Horses
She has not had a major film part for more than five years.
She says she has been offered three lead film roles in the past few years, but has turned them down.
has been invited to appear in a number of reality shows and claims she
recently turned down Dancing With The Stars, the U.S. version of
Strictly Come Dancing.
Invitations to A-list parties continue to
land on her mat, but she always declines. She is so highly regarded that
it's possible some directors would make allowances for her and be
patient if she forgot her lines. But she does not want that.
Roger Lloyd Pack spoke frankly about his daughter in a magazine interview recently.
of his daughter's problems he said: 'It can drive you to distraction,
to the extent that you start to cease to have any compassion left, but
you go on because they're your family.'