Roy Hudd remembered as ‘much loved and amazingly talented’ after death at 83

Comedian, actor and music hall historian Roy Hudd has been remembered as "much loved and amazingly talented" after his death at the age of 83.

The veteran entertainer hosted BBC Radio 2 sketch show The News Huddlines from 1975 until 2001 and also starred in Broadchurch and as Archie Shuttleworth in Coronation Street.

Hudd's TV career began in 1964 with satirical series That Was The Week That Was after a stint as a Butlin's Redcoat in Clacton alongside Sir Cliff Richard.

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Roy Hudd remembered as ‘much loved and amazingly talented’ after death at 83
Comedian Roy Hudd holds his OBE for services to entertainment, at Buckingham Palace, London. Born in Croydon, Surrey, in 1936, Hudd started out as a Red Coat at Clacton on the Essex coast, alongside Harry Webb who later found fame and fortune as Cliff Richard.
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Actor Roy Hudd as Edward McKeever, during a photocall for the new production of 1950s comedy 'The Solid Gold Cadillac' at The Garrick Theatre on Charing Cross Road, central London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Comedian and actor Roy Hudd dies aged 83
Roy Hudd, who gave a eulogy at the service, and his wife Debbie were among the mourners (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Actor Roy Hudd, who plays the pantomime dame role of Mother Goose, poses for a photograph in his dressing room before a performance of "Mother Goose" at Wilton's Music Hall in London, Britain December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Actor Roy Hudd (L) plays the pantomime dame role of Mother Goose during a performance of "Mother Goose" at Wilton's Music Hall in London, Britain December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Actor Roy Hudd (L) plays the pantomime dame role of Mother Goose during a performance of "Mother Goose" at Wilton's Music Hall in London, Britain December 9, 2016. Picture taken December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Actors Roy Hudd (L) and Julia Sutton wait backstage during a pantomime performance of "Mother Goose" at Wilton's Music Hall in London, Britain December 15, 2016. Picture taken December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Actor Roy Hudd, who plays the pantomime dame role of Mother Goose, prepares in his dressing room before a performance of "Mother Goose" at Wilton's Music Hall in London, Britain December 15, 2016. Picture taken December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Actor Roy Hudd, who plays the pantomime dame role of Mother Goose, prepares in his dressing room before a performance of "Mother Goose" at Wilton's Music Hall in London, Britain December 15, 2016. Picture taken December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Actor Roy Hudd (R) plays the pantomime dame role of Mother Goose during a performance of "Mother Goose" at Wilton's Music Hall in London, Britain December 9, 2016. Picture taken December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Cast members including Roy Hudd (second left) perform scenes from Dick Whittington and his Cat at Wilton's Music Hall in east London.
Actors Roy Hudd as Edward McKeever, and Patricia Routledge as Laura Partridge, during a photocall for the new production of 1950s comedy 'The Solid Gold Cadillac' at The Garrick Theatre on Charing Cross Road, central London.
(Left - right) Barry Cryer, Roy Hudd and Ronnie Corbett leave the funeral of Danny La Rue at the Church of the Transfiguration in Kensal Rise, London.
Female-impersonator Danny La Rue (right) is to star in the West End and on Broadway, in a new revue "At The Palace" at the Palace Theatre in London's West End. Starring with Danny will be veteran comedian Roy Hudd (left) and actress and dancer Toni Palmer (centre)
Stars of the Chichester Festival Theatre's musical production "Underneath the Arches" - which tells the life story of comedians Flanagan and Allen - sees comedian Chesney Allen, 88, flanked by Christopher Timothy (r), who portrays him in the musical, and Roy Hudd (l), who portrays Bud Flanagan.
Comedian Roy Hudd with his wife Anne, who is a dancer, and their two year old son Max.
Comedian Roy Hudd celebrates his 30th birthday with his wife Ann Lambert and their son Max, who will be two in July, at their home in Mitcham, Surrey. Roy appears in Show of the Week on BBC TV tomorrow, and will also appear in Late Night Line Up the same evening.
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He went on to perform in variety shows in London and became a huge fan of music hall, later writing books on the subject.

A statement from his agent said: "We are sad to announce the passing of the much-loved and amazingly talented Roy Hudd OBE.

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Roy Hudd and his wife Debbie (Andrew Matthews/PA)

"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."

Born in Croydon in 1936, he worked in telephone exchanges for the RAF.

His interest in entertaining was sparked when he went to live with his grandmother who regularly took him to Croydon's Empire Theatre.

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Roy Hudd (left), as Bud Flanagan, and Christopher Timothy, as Chesney Allen, in a production of Underneath The Arches (PA)

Hudd made his professional debut as a comedian in 1957 at the Streatham Hill Theatre, where he was billed as The Peculiar Person.

Across a varied career, he appeared in Call The Midwife, Midsomer Murders and Holby City, as well as Dennis Potter's Lipstick On Your Collar, and Karaoke.

Other projects include acclaimed comedy-drama Common As Muck and David Jason's The Quest.

His passion for music hall meant that alongside writing books, he also re-recorded and restored old music hall records, and appeared in a revival show called The Good Old Days.

He was the longstanding president of the British Music Hall Society, and chose the genre as his specialist subject when he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind in 2014.

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Receiving his OBE with wife Debbie (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

He was awarded an OBE for services to entertainment in the 2004 New Year Honours List.

Last year he showed off an 8st weight loss after getting gastric band surgery.

Hudd met his second wife Debbie Flitcroft while they were working together in pantomime in Nottingham.

He has a son, Max, from a previous marriage to Ann Lambert.

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