Screen and stage star Ruth Madoc, best known for her appearance on the BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, has died aged 79 following a fall, her husband has confirmed. agent.
The actress became a household name playing yellow chef Gladys Pugh in BBC One’s hit TV series about a holiday camp in the late 1950s.
His career has also covered a range of roles in theater and musicals, from Fiddler On The Roof to Gypsy.
In a statement given to the PA news agency, Phil Belfield of talent agency Belfield & Ward said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our dear and beloved client Ruth Madoc .
“Ruth died on the afternoon of Friday December 9 while hospitalized following surgery for a fall she had suffered earlier in the week, which forced her to withdraw from the panto in Torquay.
“Films such as Fiddler On The Roof and Under Milk Wood starring Richard Burton and her iconic TV performance as Gladys Pugh in Hi De Hi! and most recently in Little Britain and on stage with Calendar Girls (both the play and the musical), plus recent hits in the shorts Skinny Fat and Cardiff, she was truly a national treasure and couldn’t wait to get back on the road in 2023 with The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold.
“A true legend of the British entertainment scene, she was one of a kind and a unique talent loved by many. She is gone far too soon. Our hearts are broken!
“Thoughts are with his daughter Lowri, son Rhys and all of his family.”
Actor and writer Sir Tony Robinson, 76, tweeted: “So sad to hear that my lovely friend Ruth Madoc has passed away.
“She was not only funny and very smart, she was smart, kind, a loyal trade unionist and left her heart on the left. She will be sorely missed.
Meanwhile, broadcaster Gyles Brandreth remembered Madoc for being a “wonderfully gifted actress”.
The former MP, who is now a writer and journalist on BBC’s The One Show, said on Twitter: “This is such sad news. Ruth was a very lovely person.
“I was lucky enough to know her thanks to my best friend from school, Simon Cadell. In Hi-De-Hi, they were irresistible. RIP Ruth Madoc and thank you for the memories. Farewell campers!
Cadell played summer camp boss Jeffrey Fairbrother, the object of affection for Madoc’s character Glady Pugh.
Former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis and actor Joe McGann also paid tribute to the actress on Twitter.
Dennis said: “So sad to hear that the lovely Ruth Madoc has passed away. She was such a talented and lovely woman. Thoughts with her family.
And McGann wrote: ‘Such sad news about the amazing Ruth Madoc. I had the chance to work with her more than once and loved the bright, skillful, funny, fearless, kind and inspiring ball of light that she has always been.
Comedian Paul Chuckle tweeted: “Just heard the very sad news RIP to lovely Ruth Madoc. I’ve worked with her several times including a @BBCDoctors episode… she will be sorely missed.
BBC Comedy Director Jon Petrie said: “We are saddened to hear the news of Ruth Madoc. She was a true star of stage and screen and her comedic performances were adored by the nation. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.
Her death comes following a fall which caused her to give up performing in the pantomime Aladdin at the Princess Theater in Torquay.
Posting a statement on Twitter, the theater company said on Thursday: “Following an accident earlier this week following a medical evaluation, Ruth Madoc is unfortunately no longer able to appear in this year’s Aladdin pantomime. year at the Princess Theater in Torquay.”
In 2018, Madoc overcame her fears to reveal her breasts to a live audience in the female version of The Real Full Monty alongside stars such as Coleen Nolan, Victoria Derbyshire and Michelle Heaton.
They performed a dance to This Is Me by The Greatest Showman to raise awareness about breast cancer.
A year later, she broke her hip in a fall while rehearsing for her role in Calendar Girls, but confused doctors with her speedy recovery.
Born in April 1943 and raised in Llansamlet near Swansea, Madoc trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) before playing the role of Fruma Sarah in the film version of the musical Fiddler On The Roof in 1971.
A decade later, she hit our screens in the fan-favorite sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, having had other roles including Mrs. Dai Bread Two in the 1972 comedy film Under Milk Wood and later playing Daffyd Thomas’ mother in Little Britain.
She is survived by her two children.