Friday, 15 May 2015

16th May

Today is the 79th birthday of British TV and radio stalwart Roy Hudd.

Roy Hudd was born on this day in 1936 in Croydon, Surrey. His early jobs included being a messenger, a window dresser and a commercial artist. In the summer of 1958 he took up the position as a redcoat at Butlins, Clacton alongside none other than Cliff Richard.

He is considered nowadays as an authority on Music Hall entertainment and has written many books on the subject. 

 In 1983 he received the Lawrence Olivier Theatre Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his portrayal of Bud Flanagan in the stage blockbuster Underneath the Arches. It is believed that Flanagan actually considered Hudd to be the ideal choice to play the role in any dramatisation of his life.

Roy is also remembered for playing the part of funeral director Archie Shuttleworth in the ITV soap Coronation Street.

Other birthdays today include:

Former Remington Steele and James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan (62)

USSR gymnast Olga Korbut (60)

Singer and sister of Michael, Janet Jackson (49) --->

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