Hugh Paddick circa 1970
|Born||Hugh William Paddick
22 August 1915
Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England
|Died||9 November 2000
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Hugh William Paddick (22 August 1915 – 9 November 2000) was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne, in sketches such as "Charles and Fiona" (as Charles) and "Julian and Sandy" (as Julian). Both he and Kenneth Williams are largely responsible for introducing the underground language polari to the British public.
Life and career
Born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Paddick preferred theatre to any other form of acting and spent most of his life on the stage, from his first role while at acting school in 1937 until his retirement. He appeared in the original Drury Lane production of My Fair Lady. He was also an accomplished musician – singer, pianist and organist. He can be heard at the piano accompanying Julian and Sandy in a number of their sketches on both Round the Horne and The Bona World of Julian and Sandy.
In his diaries, Kenneth Williams, so often scathing of his colleagues, spoke warmly of Paddick's kindness as a man, and of his "subtlety and brilliance" as a performer.
Paddick was gay and lived for over thirty years with his partner Francis, whom he met at a party in London. The two men were keen gardeners at their west London home. He was distantly related to Brian Paddick, Britain's first openly gay police commander.
- School for Scoundrels (1960)
- We Shall See (1964)
- San Ferry Ann (1965)
- The Killing of Sister George (1968)
- Up Pompeii (1971)
- Up the Chastity Belt (1971)
- That's Your Funeral (1972)
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