Radio host and entertainer Roy Hudd OBE has died

BBC Radio 2 presenter, actor and comedian Roy Hudd OBE has died at the age of 83.

Roy started on the BBC in 1959 with his own programme Workers’ Playtime and is best known for his Radio 2 series The News Huddlines which ran from 1975 to 2001.

He was also one of the actors in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and other radio series over the years and has been part of many comedy series and dramas for BBC Radio 4.

Roy appeared on Radio 2 for a week in April 2017 choosing the Tracks of my Years with Ken Bruce.

He was a friend of the hospital radio service in Bristol, officially opening their studios in 1994, and the first Honorary President of Sandwell Hospital Radio

He’s also known for his television work – including Coronation Street, One Foot in the Grave, Casualty and Ashes to Ashes.

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 Sunday 15 March, with his wife Debbie at his side.”