Roy Hudd Wiki – Biography
Roy Hudd, who hosted BBC Radio 2’s The News Huddlines for 26 years and also starred in Coronation Street, has died at the age of 83.
In a statement, his agent said: “We are sad to announce the passing of the much-loved and amazingly talented Roy Hudd OBE.
“After a short illness, Roy passed away peacefully on Sunday 15 March, with his wife Debbie at his side.”
The all-round entertainer also starred in Coronation Street. His agent added: “The family would ask you to respect their privacy at this very sad time.”
Rory Bremner described Hudd’s death as a “great loss”.
The lovely Roy Hudd embodied a whole strand of the DNA of British comedy, from music hall and variety to pantomime and stand-up. A living museum, full of joy, humour and enthusiasm. A great life and a great loss.
— Rory Bremner 💙 (@rorybremner) March 16, 2020
Roy Hudd Age
Roy Hudd was 83 years old.
Hudd was born in Croydon on 16 May 1936. His father was a carpenter and he attended Tavistock Secondary Modern School in Croydon and Croydon Secondary Technical School. He then worked as a messenger for an advertising agency, a window dresser and a commercial artist working under Harry Beck.
He made his professional debut as a comedian on 27 October 1957 at the Streatham Hill Theatre, at a show in aid of the Sir Philip Game Boys’ Club of which he was a former member. Initially he worked with a friend from Croydon, Eddy Kay who had also been a member of the boys club, the two billing themselves as “the peculiar pair”. In 1958 they joined as Redcoats at Butlin’s Clacton working alongside Cliff Richard and Dave Allen.
Although Hudd and Kay had made a brief appearance as ‘discoveries’ on the BBC’s In Town Tonight in 1958, Hudd made his solo debut on radio in 1959 on Workers’ Playtime. He remains best known for the BBC Radio 2 satirical series The News Huddlines, which ran from 1975 to 2001.
His other radio credits include playing Max Quordlepleen, the host at The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, in the original radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1978), Crowned Hudds (1994–95), The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1999–2000) and Like They’ve Never Been Gone (1999–2002).
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Hudd broke into television in the mid-1960s in sketch series such as The Illustrated Weekly Hudd and The Roy Hudd Show. His acting roles include the Dennis Potter series Lipstick on Your Collar, for which he received critical praise, and Karaoke. In the mid 1990s, he appeared in two series of Common As Muck, a drama about a group of refuse collectors, alongside Edward Woodward.
In 2000, Hudd appeared as neighbour Mr. Smedley in one episode of One Foot in the Grave. From 2002 to 2003, he appeared as the undertaker Archie Shuttleworth in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and subsequently returned for guest appearances until the character’s death in December 2018. He also starred in the ITV drama ‘The Quest’, alongside Sir David Jason and Hywel Bennett, from 2002–2004. In 2007 he appeared in episodes of New Tricks, Casualty (and again in July 2019) and The Last Detective. In 2010 he appeared in BBC dramas Missing and Ashes to Ashes.
In 2012, he appeared in an episode of the BBC drama Call the Midwife. In 2014 he appeared in episodes of Midsomer Murders, Law & Order: UK and Holby City. In December 2015, Hudd played Bud Flanagan in the BBC drama We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story, about the creation of the titular long-running sitcom. In 2016 he appeared in an episode of Benidorm. In 2017, he appeared in the ITV series Broadchurch.
Cause of Death
For much of his long career, it could be a little difficult for people to get an exact fix on Roy Hudd, who has died aged 83. What was he – a comedian, an author, a radio satirist, a serious actor, a soap star, an archivist, or a leading authority on British music-hall and variety entertainment?
Hudd was all of these, but saw himself primarily as a man born too late to fulfil his dream of life as an old-style variety comic, which is how he started out in the late 1950s at the bottom of bills topped by artists such as the comic Max Miller and the male impersonator Hetty King.
On 16 March 2020, Hudd’s agent announced that he had died on 15 March, after a “short illness”.
Hudd’s net worth is $20 Million at the age of 83 years old. He earned the money being a professional Comedian.