Hi-de-Hi! co-star said he ‘never stopped laughing’ on set with Ruth Madoc

Hi-de-Hi! star Ruth Madoc who died at the age of 79 after a fall is remembered for her joy and laughter.

Her rep said she “died too soon” after a fall earlier in the week, which forced her to step back from starring in the pantomime Aladdin at the Princess Theater in Torquay.

She died Friday afternoon in the hospital after the surgery, he said.


The cast of Hi-de-Hi promote the West End stage version of the TV comedy (left to right) Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Ruth Madoc, Simon Cadell and Su Pollard (PA)

Madoc has become a household name for playing yellow-shirted police chief Gladys Pugh in the BBC One sitcom about a holiday camp set in the late 1950s.

Her career also spanned numerous roles in theater and musicals, from Fiddler On The Roof to The Wanderer.

In a statement to the PA news agency, Phil Belfield of talent management agency Belfield & Ward said Madoc is “truly a national treasure” and has been looking forward to touring with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel next year. January 2023.

He added: “A true legend of British entertainment, she is one of the kindest people and a unique talent loved by many.”

Jeffrey Holland, who plays Spike Dixon on the BBC One sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, spoke about Madoc’s many talents in an interview with BBC News on Saturday.

He said: “We have been together for a long time, not only in Hi-de-Hi! TV series but we did the stage show, summers with it and I did some pantomimes with Ruth back in the 1980s so we had a lot of good memories. looks and she was a great performer and she will be greatly missed.

“She is a very talented musical performer with a beautiful voice, she has a long history. It was a pleasure to work with such a person, we had a lot of laughs.

“I was very lucky to have worked with that comedian, we laughed from morning to night. I will have Ruth’s memories forever, she left us a wonderful legacy with Gladys Pugh.”

Holland said Madoc used people she grew up with as “models” for Gladys’ voice and personality.

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He added: “She relied on her own ancestors and pulled that wonderful voice up from the exaggerated Welsh valley voices – they called her the vampire from the valley.

“It’s a tragedy but you just do it.”


Ruth Madoc stars on stage and screen (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

During his varied career, Madoc also starred in Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ comedy series Little Britain, playing the mother of Daffyd Thomas’s character.

Sharing a photo of the actress on Instagram, Lucas said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Ruth Madoc.

“We grew up watching her iconic and genius performance as Gladys Pugh in ‘Hi-De-Hi’ and were thrilled when she agreed to be in ‘Little Britain’ as Dafydd’s mother.

“She was brilliant on the show and a pleasure to work with. We send our love and condolences to her family x David and Matt.”

Meanwhile, actor and writer Sir Tony Robinson, 86, wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hear that my lovely friend Ruth Madoc has passed away.

“She is not only funny and very smart, she is smart, kind, a loyal member of the union and has a leftist heart. She will miss it very much.”

Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth also remembered Madoc as a “wonderfully talented actress”.

The former MP, now a writer and correspondent for the BBC’s The One Show, wrote on Twitter: “This is sad news. Ruth is a very lovely person.

“I was fortunate to know her through my best friend from school, Simon Cadell. In Hi-de-Hi! they are irresistible. RIP Ruth Madoc & thanks for the memories. Goodbye campers!”

Cadell plays the holiday camp owner Jeffrey Fairbrother, the object of love for Madoc’s character.

Former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis and actor Joe McGann also paid tribute to the actress on Twitter.

Dennis said: “So sad to hear the lovely Ruth Madoc has passed away. She is a talented and lovely woman. Thoughts with her family.

And McGann wrote: “What a sad news about the wonderful Ruth Madoc. I’ve been fortunate to work with her more than once and I love the smart, ingenious, funny, fearless, kind and inspiring light ball she always has been.”

Comedian Paul Chuckle also tweeted: “Just heard very sad news RIP for lovely Ruth Madoc. I have worked with her many times, including an episode of @BBCDoctors…she will miss her so much.”

Jon Petrie, the BBC’s comedy director, said: “We are saddened to hear of the news about Ruth Madoc. She is a true star of stage and screen and her comedy performances are loved by the whole country. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this time.”

In 2018, Madoc overcame her fear of exposing her breasts to a live audience in the women’s version of The Real Full Monty alongside stars including Coleen Nolan, Victoria Derbyshire and Michelle Heaton.

They performed The Greatest Showman’s This Is Me dance to raise awareness about breast cancer.

A year later, she fell and broke her hip while rehearsing for her role in Calendar Girls, but left doctors baffled by her quick recovery.

Born in April 1943 and raised in Llansamlet near Swansea, Madoc trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) before she played Fruma Sarah in the film version of the musical Fiddler On The Roof. in 1971.

A decade later, she appeared on our screens in the fan-favorite sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, had other roles including Mrs Dai Bread Two in the 1972 comedy Under Milk Wood.

She is survived by her two children, Lowri and Rhys.

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