Ruth Madoc dead: Hi-de-Hi! Star dies at the age of 79

Ruth Madoc, sitcom star Hello-de-Hello!She died at the age of 79.

The news was confirmed by her agent days after the actor was hospitalized after falling earlier this week.

Phil Belfield of talent agency Belfield & Ward Ltd said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear and beloved client Ruth Madoc.”

He praised Madoc as “a unique and one of a kind talent loved by many” and described her as “a true legend of British entertainment”.

Madoc was best known for playing Gladys Pugh on the BBC comedy sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, what they received a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance.

She appeared on the show from 1980 to 1988, which is set at the fictional ’50s-style summer camp Maplins. More recently, she appeared in the Matt Lucas and David Walliams sitcom Lesser Britainwho plays the mother of Lucas’ character Daffyd Thomas.

Her films included Norman Jewison’s 1972 versionviolinist on the roofin which she played Fruma Sarah.


The actor was also a star of the stage, appearing in productions of calendar girl. After her fall, she had to withdraw from Panto.

At the time of her death, Madoc was preparing for a 2023 tour with a production of The best exotic Marigold hotel.

Ruth Madoc has died at the age of 79

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Madoc has been married twice. Her first marriage to Philip Madoc ended in divorce after 20 years. They had two children, a son named Rhys and a daughter named Lowri.

A year later, in 1982, Madoc married John Jackson, who died in 2021. Ruth Madoc dead: Hi-de-Hi! Star dies at the age of 79


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