Roy Hudd

ROY Hudd, the irrepressible comedian, actor and writer, world authority on Music Hall and pantomime and beloved radio and television star, has died at the age of 83 after a short illness.

He was on stage with Jack Tripp, generally regarded as the greatest of all panto dames, in Mother Goose at Plymouth Theatre Royal for the 1995/6 season, marking Tripp’s finale in pantomime.

He led many comedy tours around the UK, as well as appearing in funny and straight roles on television and stage.  He played Archie Shuttleworth in Coronation Street.

His encyclopedic knowledge of music hall songs and traditions made him the go-to authority on the genre.

Roy Hudd had a long association with the Bristol Hos­pital Broadcasting Service, where he was considered an honorary member. In 1994 he officially opened their current studios at the Royal Infirmary.

Pictured is Roy with June Whitfield, Jack Tripp and Geoffrey Hughes in Babes in the Wood at Plymouth Theatre Royal in the1991/2 season.