Comedian Roy Hudd dies aged 83

Actor Roy Hudd as Edward McKeever, during a photocall for the new production of 1950s comedy 'The Solid Gold Cadillac' at The Garrick Theatre on Charing Cross Road, central London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Comedian and actor Roy Hudd has died at the age of 83.

Hudd, born in Croydon in south London, was an authority on the history of music hall entertainment.

A statement from his agent said: "We are sad to announce the passing of the much-loved and amazingly talented Roy Hudd OBE.

"After a short illness, Roy passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Sunday the 15th of March, with his wife Debbie at his side.

"The family would ask you to respect their privacy at this very sad time."

Hudd made his professional debut as a comedian in 1957 at the Streatham Hill Theatre.

File photo dated 23/09/2004 of actor Roy Hudd as Edward McKeever, during a photocall for the new production of 1950s comedy 'The Solid Gold Cadillac' at The Garrick Theatre in London. The comedian and actor has died at the age of 83, his agent has said.

In 1958, he joined the Redcoats at Butlin's Clacton and worked alongside Sir Cliff Richard and Dave Allen.

Across a varied career he appeared in Call The Midwife, Midsomer Murders and Holby City.

In 2017 he appeared in ITV's Broadchurch and in 2019 made an appearance as a patient in the BBC's Casualty.

Comedian Roy Hudd holds his OBE for services to entertainment, at Buckingham Palace, London. Born in Croydon, Surrey, in 1936, Hudd started out as a Red Coat at Clacton on the Essex coast, alongside Harry Webb who later found fame and fortune as Cliff Richard.

Hudd wrote several books on music hall, re-recorded and restored old music hall records, and appeared in a revival show called The Good Old Days.

He was the longstanding president of the British Music Hall Society, and chose the genre as his specialist subject when he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind in 2014.