Comedian and radio host Roy Hudd has died

Roy Hudd OBE, who hosted BBC Radio 2‘s The News Huddlines for 26 years, has died at the age of 83 after a short illness.

Roy’s first programme on the BBC was Workers’ Playtime in 1959, but he’s best known for his Radio 2 series The News Huddlines which ran from 1975 to 2001.

He appeared in many radio series over the years including, as one of the actors in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and was part of many comedy series and dramas for BBC Radio 4.

Roy also appeared on Radio 2 for a week in April 2017 choosing the Tracks of my Years with Ken Bruce.

He was a comedian, a writer, music hall specialist and also known for his television acting – including Coronation Street, One Foot in the Grave, Casualty and Ashes to Ashes.

A statement from his agent said: “We are sad to announce the passing of the much-loved and amazingly talented Roy Hudd OBE.

“After a short illness, Roy passed away peacefully on Sunday 15 March, with his wife Debbie at his side.

“The family would ask you to respect their privacy at this very sad time.”

Many of Roy’s colleagues and friends have paid tribute to him on Twitter.


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