By Matt Bagwell
Comedian and actor Roy Hudd has died at the age of 83, it has been announced.
A statement from 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 the afternoon of Sunday the 15th of March, with his wife Debbie at his side.
“The family would ask you to respect their privacy at this very sad time.”
The Croydon native broke into television on the BBC’s Not So Much A Programme, More A Way of Life, which also featured David Frost, William Rushton, John Bird, Michael Crawford and Eleanor Bron.
In went on to front the sketch series The Illustrated Weekly Hudd and The Roy Hudd Show before hosting BBC Radio 2′s The News Huddlines for 26 years.
An acclaimed actor, he played Archie Shuttleworth in Coronation Street for several years.
In the 1990s, he won praise for his roles in Lipstick On Your Collar and Karaoke and went on to star in the popular crime drama Ashes to Ashes.
More recent acting credits include Broadchurch, Benidorm and Casualty.
Tributes have been paid to the star on Twitter…
Very sad indeed to hear that Roy Hudd has died. A really lovely bloke, a great comedian, excellent straight actor. And a comedy historian too. I got my start in comedy writing via his Radio 2 show The News Huddlines. He was a total joy to write for. All good wishes to his family.
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) March 16, 2020
I had the great privilege of working with Roy Hudd. He was an absolute gent. A legend in his own lifetime. RIP Roy.
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) March 16, 2020
Sad to hear that the wonderful Roy Hudd has passed away. Spent many hours chatting to him about his amazing showbiz stories. A great talent and will be greatly missed.
— Stuart Antony (@STU_ACTOR) March 16, 2020
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