Ruth Madoc (born Ruth Llewellyn 16 April 1943) is a British actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Gladys Pugh in the 1980s BBC television comedy Hi-de-Hi!, for which she received a BAFTA TV award nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance, and as Daffyd Thomas's mother in the second series of Little Britain.
16 April 1943
|Residence||Glynneath, Neath Port Talbot, Wales|
|Home town||Llansamlet, Swansea, Wales|
|Spouse(s)||Philip Madoc (m. 1961–1981, divorced) |
John Jackson (m. 1982)
Madoc was born in Norwich where her parents worked in medicine at the time. Her parents travelled around Britain for much of her childhood, and she was brought up by her Welsh grandmother Etta Williams and her English grandfather, in Llansamlet within Swansea. Later she trained at RADA in London.
Her first husband was the actor Philip Madoc, with whom she appeared in the 1981 TV serial The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. They had a son, Rhys, and a daughter, Lowri, but eventually divorced.
In 1971 Ruth Madoc played Fruma Sarah in the film version of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, and in 1972 she appeared as Mrs Dai Bread Two in the film of Under Milk Wood. She also appeared regularly in the entertainment programme Poems and Pints on BBC Wales. She provided one of the alien voices in the Cadbury's Smash commercials in the 1970s, and made a brief appearance in the 1977 film, The Prince and the Pauper (aka Crossed Swords).
She is an experienced theatre actress who has appeared in many productions, including the stage version of Under Milk Wood, Steel Magnolias, Agatha Christie thrillers (And Then There Were None...), the musical Annie and many pantomime parts.
In 2002 she and her second husband bought a home in Glynneath. In 2004 she appeared in the reality television programme Cariad@Iaith on S4C, in which celebrities went on an intensive course in the Welsh language. She has also appeared in the LivingTV reality show I'm Famous and Frightened! which she went on to win.
Madoc was awarded an honorary degree by Swansea University in July 2006. She also appeared in "Annie" as Miss Hannigan on tour. In 2007 she appeared as a fictional version of herself in episode 2 of the BBC Radio 2 comedy Buy Me Up TV. In 2008 she appeared at the Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl playing the Bad Fairy in the pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty', with Sonia and Rebecca Trehearn.
|1973–1976||Hunter's Walk||Betty Smith|
|1981||The Life and Times of David Lloyd George||Lizzie Davies|
|1986||The Adventure Game||Herself|
|2005||Little Britain||Daffyd Thomas' Mother|
|2015||Get Your Act Together||Contestant|
|2015||Tinga Tinga Tales||Whale|
|2016||Stella||Mayor Mary Meyer|
|2019||Casualty (TV series) / Casualty||Millie Falconer|
- Turner, Robin (2009) "Ruth Madoc is Saying Hi-de-Hi to Whole New Audience", Western Mail, 9 December 2009
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- Marsh, Gary (2008) "Colstars Say Hi-de-Hi to Ruth", Cynon Valley Leader, 3 July 2008
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