Hugh Paddick

Hugh William Paddick (22 August 1915 9 November 2000)[1] was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne, in sketches such as "Charles and Fiona" (as Charles) and "Julian and Sandy" (as Julian).[2][3] Both he and Kenneth Williams are largely responsible for introducing the underground language polari to the British public.[4]

Hugh Paddick
Paddick in a Round the Horne publicity shot
Hugh William Paddick

(1915-08-22)22 August 1915
Died9 November 2000(2000-11-09) (aged 85)
OccupationComedy actor

Paddick also enjoyed success as Percival Browne in the original West End production of The Boy Friend, in 1954.[2][5]


Born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Paddick preferred theatre to any other form of acting and spent most of his life on the stage, from his first role while at acting school in 1937[6] until his retirement. He appeared in the original Drury Lane production of My Fair Lady. He was also an accomplished musician – singer, pianist and organist. He can be heard at the piano accompanying Julian and Sandy in a number of their sketches on both Round the Horne and The Bona World of Julian and Sandy.

In his diaries, Kenneth Williams, so often scathing of his colleagues, spoke warmly of Paddick's kindness as a man, and of his "subtlety and brilliance" as a performer.[7]

Paddick was gay[8] and lived for over thirty years with his partner Francis, whom he met at a party in London.[9] The two men were keen gardeners at their west London home. He was distantly related to Brian Paddick, Britain's first openly gay police commander.[10]

Paddick died in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, on 9 November 2000, aged 85.



  1. "Obituary: Hugh Paddick". The Independent. 17 November 2000. Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  2. Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 370. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
  3. "Radio/Round the Horne - Television Tropes & Idioms".
  4. "BBC - h2g2 - Polari - the Secret Language - A10357832".
  5. "The Boy Friend (Original London Cast 1954)".
  6. Times Digital Archive
  7. "Hugh Paddick". the Guardian.
  8. Richardson, Colin (17 January 2005). "What brings you trolling back, then?". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  9. Dunford, Paul; Logan, George; Fyffe, Patrick (10 June 2008). "Biography of Hugh Paddick". Paul Dunford. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  10. "Relationship between Hugh and Brian Paddick". Archived from the original on 19 March 2009. Retrieved 2007-10-01.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) at the family history website of Graham Taylor-Paddick
  11. Hugh Paddick on IMDb
  12. Took, Barry (1989). The Best of Round The Horne. Equation. ISBN 1-85336-162-3.

Hugh Paddick at the British Film Institute

Hugh Paddick on IMDb

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