Ruth Madoc

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Ruth Madoc
Born Ruth Llewellyn
(1943-04-16) 16 April 1943 (age 72)
Pontypridd, Wales
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 Ruth Llewellyn 16 April 1943 in Pontypridd)[1] 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Madoc's parents travelled around Britain for much of her childhood, she was brought up by her Welsh grandmother and her English grandfather[3] in Llansamlet in Swansea.[2] Later she trained at RADA in London.

Career[edit]

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

Her first husband was the actor Philip Madoc, with whom she appeared in the 1981 TV serial The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. 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 she appeared as Mrs Dai Bread Two in the film of Under Milk Wood.[4] She also appeared regularly in the entertainment programme Poems and Pints on BBC Wales. She provided one of the alien voices in the Cadbury's Smash commercials 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 second 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 course in the Welsh language. 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 by Swansea University in July 2006. She also appeared in "Annie" as Miss Hannigan 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 Big Top on BBC1, alongside Amanda Holden, John Thomson and Tony Robinson.[2]

In 2010 Madoc investigated her family history the BBC Wales programme Coming Home and learned that she is related to David Lloyd George.

In January 2015 Madoc appeared as the Fairy Godmother in the pantomime Cinderella at Mansfield Palace Theatre.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1973–1976 Hunter's Walk Betty Smith
1980–1988 Hi-de-Hi! Gladys Pugh
1981 The Life and Times of David Lloyd George Lizzie Davies
2005 Little Britain Daffyd Thomas' Mother
2009 Big Top Georgie
2015 Benidorm Rhiannon
2015 Get Your Act Together Contestant
2015 Tinga Tinga Tales Whale

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Fiddler on the Roof Fruma Sarah
1972 Under Milk Wood Mrs Dai Bread Two
1977 The Prince and the Pauper Moll
1997 The Pale Horse Sybil Stamfordis
2001 Very Annie Mary Mrs Ifans
2002 Journey Man

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