Tributes paid to a ‘true legend of a performer’ Roy Hudd who has died following a short illness

“A true legend of a performer.”

Just one of the many tributes paid to Suffolk-based comedian, actor, writer and music hall expert Roy Hudd who has died after a short illness.

The 83-year-old, who lived near Stowmarket, was active until recently and in 2018 he played Mr Tom in Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ production of “Goodnight Mr Tom”.

Last year he toured the UK in a production of Oscar Wilde’s play “A Woman of No Importance” alongside Liza Goddard and Isla Blair and appeared in an episode of “Casualty”.

Mr Hudd hosted BBC Radio 2’s “The News Huddlines”, starred in “Coronation Street” and was a supporter of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

He passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, and the theatre issued a tribute saying: “Everyone at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is deeply saddened by the news that Roy Hudd has passed away. He was a huge advocate for the theatre, performing in many shows here over the years including his own show ‘Roy Hudd’s Very Own Music Hall’; as host for ‘A Right Royal Revue’ and of course his wonderful performance in the title role in 2018’s ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’.

“A true legend of a performer and a shining example of kind heartedness, we will all miss him terribly.  We send our thoughts and sympathies to his wife Debbie and the rest of his family.”

Actor and writer Mark Gatiss tweeted: “Farewell to the wonderful Roy Hudd. A great comic and actor. One of those joyous people who feel like they’ve been with us forever.”

Radio personality and writer Danny Baker said: “Bravo, Roy Hudd. I hope you can hear the applause thundering in your ears. What a turn. What an archive. What company. Now you can give Max Miller his hat back.”

Writer, broadcaster and raconteur Gyles Brandreth said: “Roy Hudd’s death is so sad. He was such fun, so funny and so talented. Here’s hoping there’s a heaven where he can be reunited with old friends like June Whitfield and meet all his heroes like the great Dan Leno.”

And Rory Bremner added: “The lovely Roy Hudd embodied a whole strand of the DNA of British comedy, from music hall and variety to pantomime and stand-up. A living museum, full of joy, humour and enthusiasm. A great life and a great loss.”

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