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11 January 1935
|Television||Quatermass II (1955) It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–81)
The Curse of Frankenstein ( 1957)'
Drop the Dead Donkey (1998)
|Spouse(s)||Rosalind Allen (divorced)
Wendy Padbury (divorced)
Jayne Male (1984–present)
Melvyn Hayes (born Melvyn Hyams, 11 January 1935) is an English actor probably best known for playing the effeminate Gunner (later Bombardier) "Gloria" Beaumont in the 1970s BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum.
Early life and career
Hayes attended Sir Walter St John's Grammar School, Battersea. He was also in a well known theatrical troupe called Terry's Juveniles and his acting career stretches back to 1950 when he was "disappearing twice daily for £4 per week" performing the Indian Rope Trick in Maskelyne's Mysteries at the Comedy Theatre in London. He also appeared in Repertory Theatres in Surrey, Derbyshire and the Midlands. One of his earliest roles was in the BBC television adaptation of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School.
He gave a memorable performance as "Edek" in The Silver Sword (author Ian Serraillier) in 1957, a children's television production, a tale about Polish refugee children trying to find their parents after the second world war.
His film roles include the young Victor Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Cecil Biggs in Bottoms Up (1960), Jimmy in The Young Ones with Cliff Richard (1961), Cyril in Summer Holiday, again with Cliff Richard (1963), and 'Brother' Willy in Crooks in Cloisters (1964).
Hayes is also well known for his performances as a traditional Pantomime Dame in British Christmas Pantomimes - his most recent roles being Nanny Nellie in Sleeping Beauty in Worthing, West Sussex, UK (2006) and Widow Twankey in Aladdin in Chatham (2005).
Other roles include parts in EastEnders as the character Michael Rawlins. Carry On England, Love Thy Neighbour, The Thin Blue Line, Here Come the Double Deckers, Potter's Picture Palace and the final series of Drop the Dead Donkey. He also provided the voice to several characters in the English translation of the cartoon Alfred J Kwak. In March 2011, Hayes appeared as "Mr. Pink" in the ITV1 comedy TV series Benidorm. Latest Theatre: You're Only Young Twice 2012 Audio The Scorchies 2013
Hayes first married actress Rosalind Allen, with whom he had two daughters and one son; he has daughters with his second wife, actress and agent Wendy Padbury. He is now married to Jayne Male and currently lives in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Hayes has one child with Jayne Male.
He presented a selection of awards at the annual Isle of Wight County Press Amateur theatre awards ceremony on 9 November 2010, at the Shanklin Conservative Club.
- Adventure in the Hopfields (1954)
- The Man Who Loved Redheads (1955)
- The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
- Violent Playground (1958)
- Operation Amsterdam (1959)
- No Trees in the Street (1959)
- Bottoms Up (1960)
- The Young Ones (1961)
- Summer Holiday (1963)
- Crooks in Cloisters (1964)
- Carry On England (1976)
- King of the Wind (1989)
- "Feature on Melvyn Hayes: "After six children maybe they won't think I'm gay"". Daily Mail (31 May 1996).