Robert Blythe (actor)

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Robert Blythe (1947 – 20 November 2018[1]), also known as Bob Blythe, was a Welsh actor and voice over artist. He was brought up in Tan-y-groes St in Port Talbot. He was best known for playing Richard 'Fagin' Hepplewhite in the Welsh situation comedy High Hopes.


Prior to training as an actor at the Arts Educational Trust in London, he was a surveyor.[2]

His theatre work included repertory seasons at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, the Liverpool Playhouse, the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, and the Grand Theatre, Swansea. He also toured the Far East, Middle East, India and Europe with various productions.

His work at the Royal National Theatre included Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2, Henry V, Mother Clap's Molly House, and Under Milk Wood.

He was an associate artist of Clwyd Theatr Cymru where his credits included, the Life of Galileo, Barnaby and the Old Boys, Cabaret, Equus, Entertaining Mr Sloane, A Christmas Carol, The Journey of Mary Kelly, The Norman Conquests, King Lear, Bedroom Farce, The Rabbit, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, A Chorus of Disapproval, and An Inspector Calls.

Other theatre included Badfinger at the Donmar Warehouse and on tour, Ghosts at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, House and Garden for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre, London.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Blythe was married to actress Iola Gregory; one of their children, Rhian Blythe, is an actress . Their eldest daughter, Angharad Blythe is a writer and TV producer.

Blythe later remarried Naomi Blythe. They had two sons together - Sam Blythe and Jack Blythe.


  • 1985 – Troubles and Strife (TV series)
  • 1994 – The Lifeboat (TV series)
  • 1999 – High Hopes (pilot)
  • 2002–2009 – High Hopes (TV series)
  • 2007 – The Royal (TV series) (1 Episode)
  • 2007 – Midsomer Murders (TV series) (1 Episode)
  • 2006 – Casualty (1 Episode)
  • 2005 – Doctors (1 Episode)
  • 2004 – Little Britain (1 Episode)
  • 2004 – The Bill (1 Episode)
  • 2004 – Lie Still (Feature Film)
  • 2011 – There Be Dragons (Feature Film) director Roland Joffe


  1. ^ "Tributes paid after High Hopes star Bob Blythe dies". BBC News. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  2. ^ Video of Blythe Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Fiona Mountford (12 November 2013). "Twelve Angry Men, Garrick Theatre - review". London Evening Standard. Alexander Lebedev/Evgeny Lebedev/Daily Mail and General Trust. Retrieved 24 January 2014.

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