Miss Marie Lloyd (2007) Percy Courtenay

Miss Marie Lloyd is a television bio-pic based on the life of the turn-of-the-nineteenth century music hall performer, Miss Marie Lloyd (played by Jessie Wallace). The movie scans the major events of her life – her first performance, the choice of her stage name, her romance with, and short marriage to her husbands, gambler Percy Courtenay (Richard Armitage), actor Alexander Hurley (Matthew Marsh), and jockey, Bernard Dillon (Tom Payne), her battle with management to ensure the rights of performers and her battles with moral rights campaigners.

 

Production details

Cast
Jessie Wallace – Marie Lloyd
Richard Armitage – Percy Courtenay
Shaun Parkes – The Showman
Lee Williams – Freddie
Amanda Root – Mrs Chant
Matthew Marsh – Alex Hurley
Angus Barnett – Mr Belafonte

Executive Producer            Director
Mark Redhead                    James Hawes

Writer (uncredited)
Martyn Hesford

“Back then the stage door johnnies were in contact with the doorman and they would frequently pay him money to watch the girls changing backstage. It’s weird to thing that Percy, a complete stranger, could just turn up and say: ‘That girl I saw on stage – I’d really like to take her out for a drink’ and then he was given an introduction to her and that’s how their relationship formed.” (“Playing Percy Courtenay”, Hat Trick Press Pack, courtesy Richard Armitage Online)

 

 

 

“It’s actually very good and honest at the start, and once they get together he lets the mask slip a bit and they click and fire off each other. But it starts to go off kilter when she becomes more famous and wealthy and he lives off her success.” (“Playing Percy Courtenay”, Hat Trick Press Pack, courtesy Richard Armitage Online)

 

 

“I’m fascinated with this theatrical world and the contemporary parallels with Marie and what she did for women on stage, not posh stage but real street stage. Marie Lloyd paved the way for women not to be viewed as prostitutes if they trod the boards.” (“Playing Percy Courtenay”, Hat Trick Press Pack, courtesy Richard Armitage Online)