Ruth Madoc

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Ruth Madoc
Born Ruth Llewellyn
(1943-04-16) 16 April 1943 (age 71)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959-present
Spouse(s) Philip Madoc (1961-1981) (divorced)
John Jackson (1982-present)
Children Rhys Madoc
Lowri Madoc
Awards fi[clarification needed]

Ruth Madoc (born 16 April 1943 in Norwich, England) is a Welsh actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Gladys Pugh in the 1980s BBC television comedy Hi-de-Hi!, for which she received a BAFTA TV award nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance, and as Daffyd Thomas's mother in the second series of Little Britain.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born Ruth Llewellyn on 16 April 1943 in Norwich, England to parents who travelled around Britain for much of her childhood, she was brought up by her Welsh grandmother and English grandfather[2] in Llansamlet in Swansea.[1]

Later she trained in London at RADA.

Career[edit]

After RADA Ruth worked in The Black and White Minstrel Show.

Her first husband was the actor, Philip Madoc. They had a son, Rhys, and a daughter, Lowri, but eventually divorced.

In 1971 Ruth Madoc played Fruma Sarah in the film version of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, and in 1972 appeared as Mrs Dai Bread Two in the film of Under Milk Wood.[3] She also appeared regularly on BBC Wales in the entertainment programme Poems and Pints. She was also one of the alien voices in the Cadbury's Smash advertisements in the 1970s, and made a brief appearance in the 1977 film Crossed Swords (aka The Prince and the Pauper).

She is an experienced theatre actress who has appeared in many productions, including the stage version of Under Milk Wood, Steel Magnolias, Agatha Christie thrillers (And Then There Were None...), the musical Annie and many pantomime parts.

In 2002 she and her husband bought a home in Glynneath. In 2004 she appeared in the reality television programme Cariad@Iaith on S4C, in which celebrities went on an intensive Welsh language course. She has also appeared in the LivingTV reality show, I'm Famous and Frightened! which she went on to win.

Madoc was awarded an honorary degree in July 2006 from Swansea University. She also appeared in "Annie" as Miss Hannigan all over the country on tour. In 2007, she appeared as a fictional version of herself in episode 2 of the BBC Radio 2 comedy, Buy Me Up TV. In 2008 she appeared at the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre playing the 'Bad Fairy' in the pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty', with Sonia and Rebecca Trehearn.

In 2009 Madoc returned to situation comedy when she appeared in BBC1 television's Big Top, in which she starred alongside Amanda Holden, John Thomson and Tony Robinson.[1]

In 2010 Madoc took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home about her Welsh family history in which she was told of her being related to David Lloyd George.

Madoc is currently taking part in the pantomime of Cinderella at Mansfield Palace Theater, as the Fairy God Mother.

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1980–1988 Hi-de-Hi! Gladys Pugh
2009 Big Top Georgie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Turner, Robin (2009) "Ruth Madoc is saying hi-de-hi to whole new audience", Western Mail, 9 December 2009, retrieved 2010-11-03
  2. ^ "Ruth Madoc". Candis. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  3. ^ Marsh, Gary (2008) "Colstars say hi-de-hi to Ruth", Cynon Valley Leader, 3 JUly 2008, retrieved 2010-11-03

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