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Inspired by stand up comic and actor Tom Wilson who played Biff in back to the future, here’s my card for fans.


I’m Robert Llewellyn. I have been in every episode of Red Dwarf except the first two series. The rubber mask takes about 1 hour to glue on and about 1 hour to remove. It can only be used once and the removal process destroys the mask. I don’t have any old ones. Craig Charles is a very nice man and I do see and talk to him regularly.

There are many small plot inconsistencies throughout all 61 episodes of Red Dwarf, yes, I do know Lister has had two appendectomies.

The costume is very complicated and hot to wear, I don’t eat when I have the mask on because it makes a mess of the make up. I drink milkshakes through a straw. Chris Barrie is a very nice man and I do see and talk to him regularly.

Series 7 and Back to Earth were the only series we made that weren’t recorded in front of an audience, we have never used ‘canned laughter’ on Red Dwarf. Danny John Jules is a very nice man and I do see and talk to him regularly.

I don’t know why Rob Grant left the series, he and Doug are still good friends. At the moment there are no plans for a movie. The new series, called Red Dwarf X goes out on Dave in the UK in the Autumn of 2012. There are six new episodes all of which were recorded in front of a live audience.

They feature myself, Chris, Craig and Danny and I can’t say any more than that. Doug Naylor is a very nice man and I do see and talk to him regularly.

There are no plans as yet for another series after this. I do love working with the cast and crew and feel very privileged to have been involved with the series since 1989.

I am occasionally a very nice man.

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Reader Comments (9)

You need to do one with scrapheap, i'm sure most people will recognize you from that first.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrob

At the end I was expecting... "and I do see and talk to myself regularly."
Very enjoyable. Maybe @MitchBenn would make it into a song? He's rather good at that.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertoffer99

Ahaww :O)

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMr Tenn Pup (Jack)

Thank you so much for giving us glimpses behind the scenes. Your writing style is incredibly enjoyable to read. I swear I'd read a phone book if it was written by you. Which brings me to the point of this comment/message - I think The Man In The Rubber Mask would be fantastic as a "Talking Book." Not only because of your acting popularity, but because your voice is so familiar, it would be like having Kryton sitting beside you reading you a story.
I'd gladly pay a good bit extra for that option.
(would have Twitted it but I can't even sneeze in 140 characters or less without ten re-writes )

My love for Red Dwarf was re-kindled way way back when the Red Dwarf Role Playing Game came out.

I even set up my own RED DWARF RPG fan page.


When I get around too it I would like to get back to it and update it for series X and Back to Earth.

It's almost unreal! Red Dwarf is coming back!

So many levels of awesome!

May 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarth Jim Scott

Thank you Robert and the entire Red Dwarf cast and crew for all of your hard work and giving us all something to love and imitate and emulate and at times obsess over. Especailly here in the States. I can't wait to see Red Dwarf X, and I am SO grateful that you guys got together for another run. If it IS the last time, I sincerely hope that there's some closure with the Lister/Kochanski becoming the next Adam & Eve thing. I am PRAYING that you did the Earth as Garbage World plot from the novels... But that might be hoping for too much. Whatever transpires, I'm sure I will love it. Thank you again for the years of laughter. RED DWARF FOREVER! (hmm... There's a title for the NEXT series!)

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterToonsmyth

Hi Robert. I have watched RD right from the start and I for one cannot wait to see the new series. Thank you for all your great work.


.........You're funny!



Hi Robert,
Well, where to start?
Like so many others I wanted to say a big "thank you" to you and the rest of the guys,
I have watched Red Dwarf right from the beginning and I have to confess that even today
Kryten and Cat phrases creep into my daily language!
The Red Dwarf brand of humour has been a major influence on me.
Looking forwards to Series X! :o)

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRory Niles

Dear Robert,

20 years ago, I was dating a fellow; well, we were a very bad fit. The only thing that we enjoyed together, really, was watching a video (no gutter minds, please), which was a collection of shows from a series called Red Dwarf. I hadn't known the show before then. When we broke up, he failed to ask for it back (I didn't nick it intentionally, but I didn't offer it, either).

Fast forward 20 years, I am happily and maturely married. I still have the tape. Now, my eleven year-old son, Harper and I regularly watch Red Dwarf together on Netflix on-demand, and discuss and debate all of the amazing dilemmas you folks presented. You are now part of the next generation; I thank you for being part of an epic, intelligent and entertaining program (one of the very few). I would be most grateful if you would respond; it would make us both quite happy. Thanks again.

May 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

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