Ruth Madoc dies aged 79

Ruth Madoc has died credit:Bang Showbiz
Ruth Madoc has died credit:Bang Showbiz

Ruth Madoc has died at the age of 79.

The 'Hi-de-Hi!' actress passed away in hospital on Friday (09.12.22) after undergoing surgery for a fall she had suffered earlier this week. Her career featured an array of roles in television, film and theatre.

In a statement, Phil Belfield of talent agency Belfield and Ward Ltd, described the star as a "one of a kind unique talent loved by many".

He said: "It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of our dear and much loved client Ruth Madoc.

"Ruth passed away on the afternoon of Friday 9 December while in hospital following surgery for a fall she had earlier in the week, which had led her to have to withdraw from panto in Torquay.

"From film work such as 'Fiddler On The Roof' and 'Under Milk Wood' with Richard Burton and her iconic TV performance as Gladys Pugh in 'Hi-De-Hi!' and more recently in 'Little Britain' and on stage with 'Calendar Girls' (the play and the musical), plus recent acclaim in short films 'Skinny Fat' and 'Cardiff', she was truly a national treasure and was looking forward to getting back on the road in 2023 with 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.

"A real legend of the British entertainment scene, she was one of a kind and a unique talent loved by many. She is gone far too soon. Our hearts are broken!

"Thoughts are with her daughter Lowri, her son Rhys and all of her family."