Melvyn Hayes

Melvyn Hayes (born Melvyn Hyams; 11 January 1935) is an English actor known for playing the effeminate Gunner (later Bombardier) "Gloria" Beaumont in the 1970s BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum, and the Cliff Richard musical films The Young Ones and Summer Holiday and Wonderful Life.

Melvyn Hayes
BornMelvyn Hyams
(1935-01-11) 11 January 1935
Wandsworth, London, England
Years active1950–present
TelevisionQuatermass II (1955) It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–81)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
EastEnders (2005)
Drop the Dead Donkey (1998)
Benidorm (2011)
Spouse(s)Rosalind Allen (divorced)
Wendy Padbury (divorced)
Jayne Male (1984–present)[1]

Early life and career

Born in Wandsworth, London,[2] Hayes attended Sir Walter St John's Grammar School For Boys, Battersea. He was also in a theatrical troupe called Terry's Juveniles and his stage career stretches back to 1950 when he was "disappearing twice daily for £4 per week" performing the Indian rope trick in Maskelyne's Mysteries at the Comedy Theatre in London. He also appeared in repertory theatres in Surrey, Derbyshire and the Midlands. One of his earliest roles was in the BBC television adaptation of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School.

He played Edek in The Silver Sword (author Ian Serraillier) in 1957, a children's television production about Polish refugee children trying to find their parents after the Second World War.

His film roles include the young Victor Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Cecil Biggs in Bottoms Up (1960), Jimmy in The Young Ones (1961) with Cliff Richard, Cyril in Summer Holiday (1963), again with Cliff Richard and 'Brother' Willy in Crooks in Cloisters (1964). He also performed voices on children's cartoons such as SuperTed, The Dreamstone, Little Dracula, Alfred J. Kwak, Pongwiffy and Budgie the Little Helicopter.

Hayes featured in It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981), as Gunner "Gloria" Beaumont for the first two series, then after Bombardier Solomon left he was promoted to Bombardier.

Hayes played dames in British Christmas Pantomimes – his most recent roles being Nanny Nellie in Sleeping Beauty in Worthing, (2006) and Widow Twankey in Aladdin in Chatham (2005).

Other roles include parts in EastEnders as Michael Rawlins. Carry On England, Love Thy Neighbour, The Thin Blue Line, Here Come the Double Deckers, Potter's Picture Palace and the final series of Drop the Dead Donkey. He also provided the voice to characters in the English translation of the cartoon Alfred J. Kwak. In March 2011, Hayes appeared as Mr Pink in the ITV1 comedy TV series Benidorm. His latest theatre appearance was in You're Only Young Twice (2012) He was also in the Doctor Who - The Companion Chronicles audio The Scorchies (2013).

Personal life

Hayes first married actress Rosalind Allan, with whom he has two daughters and one son. He has two daughters with his second wife, former actress and theatrical agent Wendy Padbury; their daughter, Charlie Hayes, also became an actress. He is now married to Jayne Male and lives in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Hayes has one child with Male.

He was at one time the pub landlord of the Stag Inn in the village of Offchurch in Warwickshire[3] and also of the White Hart Tap in St Albans, Hertfordshire.


Hayes presented awards at the annual Isle of Wight County Press amateur theatre ceremony on 9 November 2010, at Shanklin Conservative Club. Hayes is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats and in 2004, was made King Rat.



  1. The Gazillion Movies Team. "Melvyn Hayes". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. McMullen, Marion (7 May 2005). "Melvyn's Dotty about Soap Role". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2015 via HighBeam Research.
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