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Roy Hudd OBE
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Background information
Date of birth 16 May 1936 (1936-05-16) (age 73)
Birth location Croydon, England[1]
Genre(s) Radio & TV actor
Music hall singer
playwright & author
Spouse(s) Debbie Flitcroft

Roy Hudd, OBE (born 16 May 1936, Croydon) is an English radio and television actor. He is also a playwright, author and music hall singer.


Early life

His father was a carpenter and he attended Tavistock Secondary Modern School, Croydon and Croydon Technical School. His jobs then included messenger for an advertising agency, window dresser and commercial artist. In 1958 he took a summer job as a Redcoat at Butlins, Clacton.


Hudd first appeared on radio in 1959 on the Workers' Playtime show and he is best known for his very long-running BBC Radio 2 series The News Huddlines. His acting talent found a new outlet in the 70s when he was chosen as the reader for Radio Four's 'Morning Story' produced at BBC Pebble Mill by David Shute. He starred in the title role in The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes in 1999, and has also given his voice to the roles of Max Quordlepleen in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and James Phillimore in The Singular Inheritance of Miss Gloria Wilson, an original Sherlock Holmes radio play in the series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2002).


He has appeared on TV variety shows and his acting roles include the Dennis Potter series Lipstick on Your Collar, for which he received critical praise, and Karaoke. He has recently appeared as the undertaker Archie Shuttleworth in the ITV1 soap opera Coronation Street and in the Hollyoaks spin-off, In the City. He will next be seen on TV in episodes of New Tricks and Casualty.

Stage appearances

Hudd has appeared in many pantomime and variety performances. In the eighties Roy Hudd starred as Fagin in the revival of Lionel Bart's musical Oliver! at the Albery Theatre, London. and the musical version of Hard Times [2] at the Haymarket Theatre with Brian Blessed. In 2004 he launched a new one man show "All My Own Work". It premièred during the National Music Hall and Variety Festival at The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare and then continued to tour around the UK.

In 2008, he played the part of the Wizard in a production of the Wizard of Oz at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Music Hall

Hudd has written several books on music hall, made music hall records and appeared in the music hall revival show The Good Old Days. He is seen by broadcasters as an authority on the subject and is the longstanding President of The British Music Hall Society. His CD, Mirth, Magic and Mellodrama consists of a collection of classic monologues from the music hall days, including The Pig and The Lion and Albert.


His film appearances include the Avarice segment of The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, and Up Pompeii.

Max Miller

He is an authority on the comedian Max Miller and is known for his impersonation of him. He appeared as his hero in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio play Pier Pressure in 2006. He is President of the Max Miller Appreciation Society[3]

Charity work

He has also had a long association with the Bristol Hospital Broadcasting Service where he is considered an honorary member. In 1994 he officially opened their current studios in the Bristol Royal Infirmary. He is also a Past King Rat[4] of the show business charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.


He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2003 New Year's Honours List. In 1983 (1982 season), he was awarded the "Best Actor in a Musical" Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for his role in Underneath the Arches, as Bud Flanagan. According to Hudd, Bud Flanagan had stated shortly before his death that he considered Hudd to be the best choice to star in a dramatisation of Flanagan's life.


His name is sometimes confused with Rod Hull, who had the puppet Emu. This is referenced in the fifth episode of the second series of The Office.

One of his early TV appearances was in a short information advert for the Cycling Proficiency Test.

He had a guest appearance in the comedy One Foot In The Grave, episode "Threatening Weather" (Series 6) as a character whom the Meldrews had to take care of during a power cut on the hottest day of the year.

Hudd now lives in Suffolk.


  • A Fart in a Colander: The Autobiography by Roy Hudd (Hardcover - 1 Oct 2009)
  • The Pantomime Book by Roy Hudd and Paul Harris (Paperback - 15 Sep 2008)
  • Twice Nightly by Roy Hudd (Hardcover - Oct 2007)
  • The Pantomime Book: The Only Known Collection of Pantomime Jokes and Sketches in Captivity by Paul Harris and Roy Hudd (Paperback - 31 Oct 2001)
  • Look Back with Laughter. Volume Three by Mike Craig, Dame Thora Hird, and Roy Hudd (Paperback - 1998)
  • Roy Hudd's Cavalcade of Variety Acts: A Who Was Who of Light Entertainment, 1945-60 by Roy Hudd and Philip Hindin (Paperback - 18 Nov 1998)
  • Roy Hudd's Book of Music-hall, Variety and Showbiz Anecdotes by Roy Hudd (Paperback - 30 Oct 1998)
  • The Pantomime Book by Paul Harris and Roy Hudd (Paperback - Aug 1996)
  • I Say, I Say, I Say: Johnners' Choice of Jokes to Keep You Laughing by Brian Johnston and Roy Hudd (Paperback - 4 Sep 1995)
  • Roy Hudd's Book of Music-Hall, Variety and Showbiz Anecdotes by Hudd (Roy) (Paperback - 1 Jan 1994)
  • Roy Hudd's Huddline Annual by Roy Hudd and Tony Hare (Hardcover - Oct 1994)
  • Roy Hudd's Book of Music-hall, Variety and Showbiz Anecdotes by Roy Hudd (Hardcover - Oct 1993)
  • That's Entertainment: Vol.1 by Roy Hudd and etc. (Paperback - 1 Dec 1992)
  • Underneath the Arches: Musical in Two Acts by Patrick Garland, Brian Glanville, and Roy Hudd (Paperback - 1984)
  • Underneath the Arches by Patrick, Glanville, Brian, Hudd, Roy Garland (Paperback - 1982)
  • Beautiful Dreamer: A musical melodrama based on the life and songs of Stephen Collins Foster by Roy Hudd (Unknown Binding - 1981)
  • The News Huddlines by Roy Hudd and Illustrated (Paperback - 1 Jan 1980)
  • Music Hall (Picturefile) by Roy Hudd (Paperback - 4 Nov 1976)
  • Joke Book (Mini-ha-ha Books) by Roy Hudd (Paperback - 28 May 1971)


  • A Fart in a Colander: The Autobiography by Roy Hudd (Hardcover - 1 Oct 2009)


  1. ^ GRO: JUN 1936 2a 883 CROYDON - Roy Hudd, mmn = Barham
  2. ^ Hard Times The Musica - A Curtain Up Review|[1]
  3. ^ Max Miller Appreciation Society[2]
  4. ^ Past King Rat 2000|[3]

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