Screen and stage star Ruth Madoc, best known for her role on the sitcom Hi-de-Hi! of the BBC, died at the age of 79 after a fall, her agent confirmed.
he’s the actress who became a household name playing yellow-shirted police chief Gladys Pugh in the hugely successful BBC One drama series about a holiday camp 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 sent to the PA news agency, Phil Belfield of talent agency Belfield & Ward said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our dear and loved client. our, Ruth Madoc.
“Ruth passed away on the afternoon of Friday December 9 while in hospital following surgery for a fall earlier in the week that forced her to withdraw from the panto in Torquay.
From film work like Fiddler On The Roof and Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton and her iconic TV performance as Gladys Pugh in Hi De Hi! and more recently in Little Britain and on stage with the Calendar Girls (play and musical), plus recent acclaim in the short films Skinny Fat and Cardiff, she is truly a national treasure. and are looking forward to getting back on the road in 2023 with the weirdest Marigold Hotel.
“A true legend of British entertainment, she is one of those kind and uniquely talented people loved by many. She went away too soon. Our hearts are broken!
“Thoughts are with daughter Lowri, son Rhys and all her family.”
Actor and writer Sir Tony Robinson, 76, 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.”
Meanwhile, broadcaster Gyles Brandreth remembered Madoc as a “wonderfully talented actress”.
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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. At Hi-De-Hi, they are irresistible. RIP Ruth Madoc & thanks for the memories. Goodbye campers!”
Cadell plays resort owner Jeffrey Fairbrother, the object of love for Madoc’s character Glady Pugh.
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 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.”
Her death occurred after a fall caused her to withdraw from performing the pantomime Aladdin at the Princess Theater in Torquay.
Posting a statement on Twitter, the theater company said on Thursday: “Following an accident earlier this week, following a medical evaluation, unfortunately Ruth Madoc is no longer able to appear in the pantomime Aladdin year. now at the Princess Theater in Torquay.”
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 comedy Under Milk Wood in 1972 and later played Daffyd Thomas’s mother in Little Britain.
She is survived by her two children.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/hi-de-hi-sitcom-star-ruth-madoc-dies-aged-79-42210002.html Hi-de-Hi! Sitcom star Ruth Madoc dies aged 79