DEAD OLD DAYS
All round entertainer from yesteryear, Roy Hudd has died aged 83. A comic from the school that burned down before they built the old school, Hudd was a regular on stage, and in comic and serious roles on TV. Born in the music hall tradition, he toured the circuits in the 1960s, and later became a leading expert in the history of the music hall. President of the Max Miller Appreciation Society, Hudd’s CV extended from pantomime, to soap opera, to Law and Order episodes. He toured as Fagin on stage in Oliver, handled the wit of Oscar Wilde live in A Woman of no Importance, and played his mentor Max Millar. On TV, he did comedian spots and comedic roles, but also appeared in Coronation Street, Call the Midwife and Broadchurch. He also had a turn as Albert Finney’s agent in Karaoke, the last work written by acclaimed writer Dennis Potter. He worked as a redcoat at Butlins with the great Dave Allen, and as a voice artist on the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. He also raised vast amounts of money for Bristol Royal Infirmary. A writer of numerous books, a winner of the Laurence Oliver Award, and a man who called his own memoirs A Fart in a Colander, Roy Hudd was bloody everywhere for over 50 years. And now isn’t.
16 May 1936 – 15 March 2020