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Hugh Paddick

Hugh Paddick circa 1970
Born Hugh William Paddick
22 August 1915(1915-08-22)
Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died 9 November 2000 (aged 85)
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Comedy actor

Hugh William Paddick (22 August 1915 – 9 November 2000[1]) was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne in sketches such as Charles and Fiona (as Charles) and Julian and Sandy (as Julian). Both he and Kenneth Williams are largely responsible for introducing the underground language polari to the British public. He was born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

He preferred theatre to any other form of acting and spent most of his life on the stage, from his first role while at acting school in 1937[2] until his retirement. He was also an accomplished musician - singer, pianist and organist. He can be heard at the piano accompanying Julian and Sandy in a number of their sketches on both "Round the Horne" and also "The Bona World of Julian and Sandy". Paddick appeared in the original Drury Lane production of "My Fair Lady". When not working, Hugh Paddick and his partner, Francis, were keen gardeners at their west London home.

Paddick was gay[3] and lived for over thirty years with his partner Francis, whom he met at a party in London.[4] He was distantly related to Brian Paddick, England's first openly gay police commander.[5]

Hugh Paddick died on 9 November 2000 in Milton Keynes.







  1. ^ "Obituary: Hugh Paddick", The Independent, November 17, 2000,, retrieved 31 January 2008 
  2. ^ Times Digital Archive
  3. ^ Richardson, Colin (17 January 2005), "What brings you trolling back, then?", The Guardian,,,1391811,00.html, retrieved 31 January 2008 
  4. ^ Dunford, Paul; Logan, George and Fyffe, Patrick (10 June 2008). "Biography of Hugh Paddick". Paul Dunford. Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  5. ^ The Paddick One-Name Study
  6. ^ Hugh Paddick at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Took, Barry (1989). The Best of Round The Horne. Equation. ISBN 1-85336-162-3. 


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