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Comedian, actor and music hall aficiandos Roy Hudd dies

By: stagedoorscribbler - March 16, 2020

Comedian and actor RoyHudd. Photograph by

We are so sorry to hear about the death of comedian and actor Roy Hudd yesterday following “a short illness”.
Roy was 83 and had been a mainstay of the British entertainment scene since the 1960s. An expert on variety entertainment and president of the British Music Hall Society, Roy was best known to many as the host of BBC Radio 2’s The News Huddlines, the topical sketch show which ran for more than 25 years.
But his career dated back to the 1950s when he worked as a Butlins Redcoat before appearing on popular BBC radio shows like Workers’ Playtime.
His acting skills found him regularly working on TV and appearing in countless programmes like One Foot in the Grave, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, New Tricks and Coronation Street where he played undertaker Archie Shuttleworth.
In addition to his work on stage, screen and radio including many pantomime appearances, Roy wrote a number of books on the history and traditions of music hall. It was also the subject he chose when he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind.