Ruth Madoc

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Ruth Madoc
BornRuth Llewellyn
(1943-04-16) 16 April 1943 (age 69)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
OccupationActress
Years active1959-present
Spouse(s)Philip Madoc (1961-1981) (divorced)
ChildrenRhys
Lowri
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Ruth Madoc
BornRuth Llewellyn
(1943-04-16) 16 April 1943 (age 69)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
OccupationActress
Years active1959-present
Spouse(s)Philip Madoc (1961-1981) (divorced)
ChildrenRhys
Lowri
Awardsfi

Ruth Madoc (born 16 April 1943 in Norwich, England) is a Welsh actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Gladys Pugh in the 1980s BBC television comedy Hi-de-Hi!, and as Daffyd Thomas's mother in the second series of Little Britain.[1]

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Early life

Born Ruth Llewellyn on 16 April 1943 in Norwich, England to parents who travelled around Britain for much of her childhood, she was brought up by her Welsh grandmother and English grandfather[2] in Llansamlet in Swansea.[1]

Later she trained in London at RADA.

Career

After RADA Ruth worked in The Black and White Minstrel Show.

Her first husband was the actor, Philip Madoc. They had a son, Rhys, and a daughter, Lowri, but eventually divorced.

In 1971 Ruth Madoc played Fruma Sarah in the film version of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, and in 1972 appeared as Mrs Dai Bread Two in the film of Under Milk Wood.[3] She also appeared regularly on BBC Wales in the entertainment programme Poems and Pints. She was also one of the alien voices in the Cadbury's Smash advertisements in the 1970s.

She is an experienced theatre actress who has appeared in many productions, including the stage version of Under Milk Wood, Steel Magnolias, Agatha Christie thrillers (And Then There Were None...), the musical Annie and many pantomime parts.

In contrast with her stage career, many of her most high-profile television parts have been Welsh characters: in addition to Little Britain and Hi-de-Hi!, she has also appeared in the Swansea-set Mine, All Mine.

In 2002 she and her husband bought a home in Glynneath.

In 2004 she appeared in the reality television programme Cariad@Iaith on S4C, in which celebrities went on an intensive Welsh language course.

She has also appeared in the LivingTV reality show, I'm Famous and Frightened! which she went on to win.

In July 2006 she was awarded an honorary degree from Swansea University.

She also appeared in "Annie" as "Miss Hannigan" all over the country on tour.

In 2008 she appeared at the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre playing the 'Bad Fairy' in the pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty', with Sonia and Rebecca Trehearn.

In 2009 Madoc returned to situation comedy when she appeared in BBC1 television's Big Top, in which she starred alongside Amanda Holden, John Thomson and Tony Robinson.[1]

In 2010 Madoc took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home about her Welsh family history in which she was told of her being related to David Lloyd George.

Television roles

YearTitleRole
1980–1988Hi-de-Hi!Gladys Pugh
2009Big TopGeorgie

References

  1. ^ a b c Turner, Robin (2009) "Ruth Madoc is saying hi-de-hi to whole new audience", Western Mail, 9 December 2009, retrieved 2010-11-03
  2. ^ http://www.candis.co.uk/all-celebs/last-word-with-ruth-madoc/
  3. ^ Marsh, Gary (2008) "Colstars say hi-de-hi to Ruth", Cynon Valley Leader, 3 JUly 2008, retrieved 2010-11-03

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