Roy Hudd’s most memorable TV moments as comedian dies ages 83
Roy Hudd entertained theatre, TV and radio audiences for over 55 years, and first rose to notoriety when he broke into the showbiz circuit in the mid-1960s.
A familiar face on the small screen, the actor has appeared in a number of well-known comedy and drama series during his illustrious career including Ashes to Ashes, Call the Midwife and Benidorm, to name but a few.
Following the actor's passing, aged 83, we've unearthed some of his most notable TV works over the last decades.
1. Coronation Street
Roy Hudd hit the cobbles in 2002 when he played undertaker Archie Shuttleworth on Coronation Street.
He first appeared as Blanche Hunt's new companion, and then became good friends with Audrey following the demise of his relationship with Blanche.
Playing the role for a year, Roy left the soap in 2005, but later returned for Mike Baldwin's funeral in April 2006.
He was eventually written out the soap until the character's death in December 2018.
2. The Quest
The actor starred in TV series The Quest alongside David Jason and Hywel Bennett, aired in 2002.
Based around three old friends – Dave, Ronno and Charlie – the trio reminisce about the 1950s, their youth and girls after meeting at a retirement party.
During the three episodes, which were all written and directed by David Jason, the chaps travel on their motorbikes up to the Lake District "where all the girls s**g like rabbits" – but things don't turn out quite as they had planned.
3. Lipstick on Your Collar
One of Roy's earliest roles was in 1993 British television serial Lipstick on Your Collar written by Dennis Potter.
Despite the Croydon native playing a supporting part of middle-aged theatre organist named Harold Atterbow, he received critical acclaim for his performance.
Featuring Ewan McGregor in his first major role, the 6-episode drama follows two young men working in the War Office on the eve of the Suez crisis.
4. Common as Muck
A year later, following the positive reviews for Lipstick on Your Collar, Roy cropped up in BBC sitcom Common As Muck.
Running for two series, from 1994 to 1997, the English comedy-drama focused on the trials and tribulations of a team of bin men who were navigating a number of politically motivated moves by the local council to privatise the refuse collection of the fictional town, where the series is set.
Playing the role of John Parry, both seasons were nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series.
Roy joined Broadchurch in season 3, portraying the character of David Barnett – Ellie Miller's father, who has moved in with his daughter, much to her frustration.
The final series, which feature leads Olivia Coleman and David Tennant is set three years after the events of series two.
The eight-episode series follows the rape of a local woman in the fictional, close-knit coastal town of Broadchurch in Dorset, England.
Roy's Broadchurch appearance was one of his last TV roles before his passing in March 2020.