Hugh Paddick

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Hugh Paddick
Hugh Paddick circa 1970
Born Hugh William Paddick
(1915-08-22)22 August 1915
Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England
Died 9 November 2000(2000-11-09) (aged 85)
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Comedy actor

Hugh William Paddick (22 August 1915 – 9 November 2000)[1] was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne, in sketches such as "Charles and Fiona" (as Charles) and "Julian and Sandy" (as Julian).[2][3] Both he and Kenneth Williams are largely responsible for introducing the underground language polari to the British public.[4]

Paddick also enjoyed success as Percival Browne in the original West End production of The Boy Friend, in 1954.[2][5]


Born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Paddick preferred theatre to any other form of acting and spent most of his life on the stage, from his first role while at acting school in 1937[6] until his retirement. He appeared in the original Drury Lane production of My Fair Lady. He was also an accomplished musician – singer, pianist and organist. He can be heard at the piano accompanying Julian and Sandy in a number of their sketches on both Round the Horne and The Bona World of Julian and Sandy.

In his diaries, Kenneth Williams, so often scathing of his colleagues, spoke warmly of Paddick's kindness as a man, and of his "subtlety and brilliance" as a performer.[7]

Paddick was gay[8] and lived for over thirty years with his partner Francis, whom he met at a party in London.[9] The two men were keen gardeners at their west London home. He was distantly related to Brian Paddick, Britain's first openly gay police commander.[10]

Paddick died in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire in November 2000, aged 85.



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  2. 2.0 2.1 Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 370. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Radio/Round the Horne - Television Tropes & Idioms".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "BBC - h2g2 - Polari - the Secret Language - A10357832".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The Boy Friend (Original London Cast 1954)".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Times Digital Archive
  7. "Hugh Paddick". the Guardian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Richardson, Colin (17 January 2005). "What brings you trolling back, then?". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Dunford, Paul; Logan, George; Fyffe, Patrick (10 June 2008). "Biography of Hugh Paddick". Paul Dunford. Retrieved 8 August 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Relationship between Hugh and Brian Paddick at the Wayback Machine (archived March 19, 2009) at the family history website of Graham Taylor-Paddick
  11. Hugh Paddick at the Internet Movie Database
  12. Took, Barry (1989). The Best of Round The Horne. Equation. ISBN 1-85336-162-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Hugh Paddick at the Internet Movie Database