Ruth Madoc

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Ruth Madoc
Ruth Llewellyn

(1943-04-16) 16 April 1943 (age 79)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Years active1959–present
(m. 1961; div. 1981)

John Jackson
(m. 1982; died 2021)

Ruth Madoc (born Ruth Llewellyn; 16 April 1943) is a British 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. She later appeared as Daffyd Thomas's mother in the second series of Little Britain.[1]

Early life[edit]

Madoc was born in Norwich where her parents worked in medicine at the time. Her parents travelled around Britain for much of her childhood, and she was brought up by her Welsh grandmother Etta Williams and her English grandfather,[2] in Llansamlet within Swansea.[1][3] Later she trained at RADA in London.


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

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, The Prince and the Pauper (aka Crossed Swords).

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.

She was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1984 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.[citation needed]

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.

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 Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl 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.[1]

In 2010 Madoc investigated her family history for 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 the Palace Theatre, Mansfield.

Madoc was awarded an honorary degree by Swansea University in July 2006.

Personal life[edit]

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, and were married for twenty years, but divorced in 1981.

In 1982 she married her second husband, John Jackson, with whom she bought a home in Glynneath in 2002.



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
1986 The Adventure Game Herself
2005 Little Britain Daffyd Thomas's Mother
2009 Big Top Georgie
2014 Doctors Alice Swanson
2015 Benidorm Rhiannon
2015 Get Your Act Together Contestant
2015 Tinga Tinga Tales Whale
2016 Stella Mayor Mary Meyer
2016 Casualty Bev Whipsnade-Partridge
2018 Doctors Jean March
2019 Casualty Millie Falconer


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


  1. ^ a b c Turner, Robin (2009) "Ruth Madoc is Saying Hi-de-Hi to Whole New Audience", Western Mail, 9 December 2009
  2. ^ "Ruth Madoc". Candis. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Ruth Madoc traces her family tree". WalesOnline. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  4. ^ Marsh, Gary (2008) "Colstars Say Hi-de-Hi to Ruth", Cynon Valley Leader, 3 July 2008

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