26 November 1946|
Ebbw Vale, South Wales,
|Died||17 June 2012
|Years active||1980 – 2012|
|Known for||Being the founder and a former member of The Flying Pickets|
Early life and career
Hibbard was born into a working-class family in Ebbw Vale and had a socialist upbringing. He was educated at Ebbw Vale grammar school. After various jobs including teacher, steel worker, barman and chimney sweep, he formed the Flying Pickets with a group of other actors who had practised a cappella singing while travelling by coach to their appearances. He performed two concerts at Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre when touring with the Flying Pickets, and formed a picket line on Top of the Pops at the height of the miners' strike (1984-1985).
Following the group's success in the early 1980s, Hibbard went on to pursue a career as a television actor, appearing in Coronation Street as garage mechanic Doug Murray, in Emmerdale as Bobby-John Downes, and as Johnny Mac in the Welsh-language soap Pobol y Cwm as well as the youth drama Pam Fi, Duw?. He was in the 1997 film Twin Town as the self-styled "Karaoke King" Dai Rees. He has also appeared in the drama serial Making Out; in the Doctor Who story Delta and the Bannermen; in comedy in The Armando Ianucci Shows; and in the film Rancid Aluminium. Hibbard appeared in EastEnders from 4 to 8 July 2011 playing Henry Mason, a man who ran a children's home where Billy Mitchell and Julie Perkins were in care.
- Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 387. CN 5585.
- Independent obituary
- Brian Hibbard dies from prostate cancer
- Brian Hibbard obituary in The Guardian
- "Actor and ex-Flying Pickets singer Brian Hibbard dies". BBC News. Retrieved 18 June 2012.