Ruth Madoc, star of Hi-de-hi, dies at the age of 79

On Pollard, Simon Cadell, Michael Knowles and Ruth Madoc, from the BBC 1 comedy Hi-de-Hi. Madoc has died at the age of 79, her agent confirmed in a statement. – POPE

Ruth Madoc, the stage and screen star, has died at the age of 79 following a fall, her agent confirmed.

The actress became a household name playing Gladys Pugh in the BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, a highly successful TV series about a holiday camp set in the late 1950s.

His career has also spanned a range of roles in theater and musicals, from Fiddler On The Roof to Gypsy.

Announcing her death, Phil Belfield, her agent, said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our dear and beloved client Ruth Madoc.

“Ruth passed away on the afternoon of Friday 9th December whilst in hospital following surgery for a fall she had earlier in the week which had forced her to retire from panto in Torquay.”

Ruth Madoc - Mike Marsland/WireImage

Ruth Madoc – Mike Marsland/WireImage

He added: “From film work such as Fiddler On The Roof and Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton, and her iconic TV performance as Gladys Pugh in Hi De Hi!…she was truly a national treasure and couldn’t wait to return on the road in 2023 with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

“A true legend of the British entertainment scene, she was one of a kind and a unique talent loved by many. She left too soon. Our hearts are broken! Thoughts are with her daughter Lowri, son Rhys and his whole family.”

Her death comes following a fall which led to her withdrawing from performing the pantomime Aladdin at the Princess Theater in Torquay.

Posting a statement on Twitter, the theater company said on Thursday: “Following an incident earlier this week following a medical evaluation, Ruth Madoc is sadly no longer able to appear in this year’s Aladdin pantomime at the Torquay’s Princess Theatre”.

Ruth Madoc - Larry Ellis/Getty Images Collection

Ruth Madoc – Larry Ellis/Getty Images Collection

In 2018, Madoc overcame her fears to reveal her breasts to a live audience on the female version of The Real Full Monty, alongside stars like Coleen Nolan, Victoria Derbyshire and Michelle Heaton.

They performed a dance to This Is Me by The Greatest Showman to raise awareness of breast cancer.

A year later, she broke her hip in a fall while rehearsing for her role on Calendar Girls but recovered quickly.

Born in April 1943 and raised in Llansamlet near Swansea, Madoc trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before playing Fruma Sarah in the film version of the musical Fiddler on the Roof in 1971.

She is survived by her two children.

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