Nerys Hughes

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Nerys Hughes
Born (1941-11-08) 8 November 1941 (age 74)
Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Years active 1963–present

Nerys Hughes (born 8 November 1941) is a Welsh actress, known primarily for her television roles, including her part in the BBC TV series The Liver Birds.


She was born in Rhyl (then in Flintshire, now in Denbighshire). Her first language is Welsh.[1] She studied drama at Rose Bruford College. She is best known for the role of Sandra Hutchinson in the enormously successful BBC TV series The Liver Birds which ran from 1969 to 1978 with a brief revival in 1996. Her main co-stars were Mollie Sugden and Polly James.

She later played the eponymous lead in The District Nurse,[2] a series which was written for her, and won the Variety Club Television Actress of the Year Award. The series was released on DVD in 2006.

She made brief appearances in the films A Severed Head and Take A Girl Like You, both in 1970. In the theatre she has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Stage Company at the Royal Court, and the Theatre of Comedy.

Hughes was one of the explorers who voyaged to the planet Arg in the (now lost from the BBC) fourth episode of the second series of the 'science-fiction' quiz The Adventure Game in 1981, where she was evaporated in the Vortex game. She also guest-starred in the metaphorical and esoteric Doctor Who story "Kinda" (1982) as the scientist Todd, alongside actors Peter Davison, Richard Todd and Simon Rouse. She also appeared in the Torchwood episode "Something Borrowed" as Brenda Williams. She is also known for her role as Glenda in The Queen's Nose (1998–2000).

Half Man Half Biscuit released a song "I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)" on the album Back in the D.H.S.S..

Television roles[edit]


Year Title Role
1966 The Likely Lads Valerie
1969 The Valley Express Jenny
1972 The Merchant of Venice Nerissa
The Liver Birds
Whatever Happened to The Liver Birds
Sandra Hutchinson
1982 Third Time Lucky Beth Jenkins
1989 A Night of Comic Relief 2 Herself


Year Title Role
1963 Dixon of Dock Green Beryl
1963 Z-Cars Molly Roberts
1975–76 How Green Was My Valley Bronwen Morgan
1982 Doctor Who: Kinda Todd
1984–87 The District Nurse Megan Roberts
1998 The Queen's Nose Glenda
2008 Something Borrowed Brenda Williams[3]


Year Title Role
1984 This Is Your Life Subject
1989 Fun with ABC Presenter


  1. ^ Daily Post
  2. ^ northwales Administrator (28 December 2009). "Rhyl actress Nerys Hughes". northwales. 
  3. ^ "Torchwood". RadioTimes. 

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