30 Dec 2017

Lloyd Scott: 'I had the best of both worlds'

12:04 pm on 30 December 2017

A former Radio New Zealand broadcaster and actor says while he's loved all of his long and varied career, looking back, radio is his favourite medium.

Lloyd in the studio for his final all-night broadcast.

Lloyd in the studio for his final all-night broadcast. Photo: RNZ / John Edens

Lloyd Scott has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year's New Year Honours list.

Mr Scott worked in acting and broadcasting for more than 50 years, retiring earlier this year.

He said he loved being a host on RNZ's All Night programme for the past 13 years.

Mr Scott said up until this year he would not have thought he had done anything to deserve any awards - and the response he got when he retired made him realise he had done something to affect people's lives.

"The response I got from people when I said I was retiring really amazed me, and sort of confirmed the fact I had got close to people in those early hours of the morning which was really what I had wanted to do."

He said a lot of his career had been highlights, and mentioned trips overseas with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Lloyd Scott

Lloyd Scott Photo: Supplied

Downstage Theatre in Wellington was also an important part of his early acting career.

"I'd never been to a drama school before so I was given a chance by Tony Taylor who was the artistic director at the time in about 1977 ... he gave me a chance to become a full time actor by taking me on board in an ensemble situation and paying me a salary.

"It was wonderful, because radio allowed me to keep a foot in the door with them, so I had the best of both worlds."

He said he remembered being in a play directed by Phil Mann - because Mr Mann brought out in him things he hadn't been able to achieve as an actor before.

See the full list of New Year Honours here.

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