Popular British character actor Hugh Lloyd has sadly died, at the age of 85, reports The Chester Chronicle. The actor was best known to Doctor Who fans for his appearance in the Seventh Doctor-era adventure Delta and the Bannermen in 1987, as Gorowny alongside fellow guest stars Don Henderson and opposite stars Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford.
He rose to fame appearing opposite Tony Hancock in a multitude of similar characters in the classic situation comedy vehicle Hancock’s Half Hour in 1960-61, before going on to partner Terry Scott in Hugh and I (and later Hugh and I Spy) from 1962-1968.
Hugh Lloyd’s later career mixed appearances in comedy series with straight roles, such as Last of the Summer Wine and Heartbeat, My Family and Foyles’ War. In 2000 he appeared in an episode of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) opposite Tom Baker and Gareth Thomas, and in 1979 appeared in the movie Quadrophenia.
A former Chester Chronicle writer, former colleague Eddie McDonald paid tribute to a man he says was well known for comedy shows in local halls in Chester before finding fame.
“There was only one theatre and one show a week to be reviewed but he did his wack of amateur companies as well.
“He left the Chronicle to join ENSA (the Entertainments National Service Association) in 1943.
“You could almost call them a showbiz family because his mother ran Deva Ladies Singers female choir.
In 2005, Hugh Lloyd was the recipient of an MBE for services to drama and charity.
He is survived by his widow, Shän, and his second wife, the musician José Stewart.
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