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Radio comic Roy Hudd honoured
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Hudd landed his first self-titled television show in 1966
Comedian and playwright Roy Hudd has been appointed an OBE for his services to entertainment.

The 67-year-old comic said he was delighted by the honour.

After a leaked list recently revealed that 300 celebrities had rejected awards, Hudd joked: "Well, someone had to accept one otherwise there would be shelves full of them left."

He said: "I don't care whether it's the British Empire, the Croydon Empire, the Chelsea Palace or the Lewisham Hippodrome, I'm just delighted to be thought of."

Energetic

Born in Croydon in 1936, Roy Hudd began his working life as a Butlins redcoat at Clacton in Essex.

One of his workmates was Harry Webb and while his colleague left Butlins to become Cliff Richard, Hudd headed to London.

After appearing onstage in variety shows, Hudd made his television debut in Not So Much A Programme, More A Way Of Life in 1965.

A year later he landed his own TV show, The Illustrated Weekly Hudd, which demonstrated his skills as a comedy entertainer, sketch-writer and energetic performer.

Roy Hudd
Hudd with Chris Emmett and June Whitfield from The News Huddlines
The Roy Hudd Show followed in 1969, and with it came wider fame.

Hudd also had a passion for radio and his satirical show The News Huddlines began on BBC Radio 2 in 1975.

The show's mix of comedy and current affairs made it a fixture of the schedules and something of a national institution until it went off air two years ago.

Although best known as a comedian, Hudd has appeared on children's programmes and taken a number of serious acting roles.

After his acclaimed performance in Dennis Potter's dark 1993 drama Lipstick On Your Collar, Potter wrote another role for Hudd in the chilling Karaoke.

His Spoonerism-afflicted Ben Baglin lightened Potter's posthumous 1996 tale.

In 2002 Hudd played Archie Shuttleworth in ITV1 soap Coronation Street, becoming involved in a pivotal storyline as he helped Audrey Roberts uncover the truth about murderer Richard Hillman.

That year he also received a Heritage Foundation Award, as voted by the public in recognition of his achievements in British entertainment.


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