2 February 1944 – 27 July 2012
I feel it is fitting to devote a page on the site to the fabulous actor Geoffrey Hughes.
Geoffrey attended Ranworth Square Primary School, Liverpool,
until the age of 11. He then moved on to attending Abbotsford Secondary Modern
School in Norris Green, Liverpool 11. He started his career in repertory at the
Victoria Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. This was followed by his first West End
production, the Lionel Bart and Alun Owen musical, Maggie May. His other West
End productions include the stage version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Say
Goodnight to Grandma, The Secret Life of Cartoons and several seasons of Run
for your Wife. He has recently played 'Pistol' in an open air production
of Henry V at Barnwell Manor. He has also toured extensively in Britain and
abroad. He has relatives in Shetland.
Among his many other appearances on television are: An Arrow
for Little Audrey; The Saint; Shadows of Fear; Z-Cars; Randall and Hopkirk
(Deceased); Flying Lady; Making Out; Coasting; Doctor Who; Spender; and Boon.
He played 'Trinculo' in an all filmed version of The Tempest for the BBC and
'Squire Clodpoll' in Good Friday 1663, one of Channel Four's new avant-garde
operas. His comedy appearances on TV include The Likely Lads, Please Sir!,
Dad's Army, Curry and Chips, No, Honestly, The Upper Hand and the character of
Onslow in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.
Geoffrey's film credits include: Smashing Time; Till Death
Us Do Part; The Bofors Gun; The Virgin Soldiers; Adolf Hitler: My Part in His
Downfall; Carry On at Your Convenience; and TV films: Needle and The Man from the
Peru. He was also the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles' cartoon film
In 1974 he was cast as binman Eddie Yeats in the
long-running soap opera Coronation Street. Over the next nine years he became,
with Stan Ogden (Bernard Youens), a foil to Stan's long-suffering wife Hilda
(Jean Alexander). Many fans still regard these performances as a high point of
the series. He left the series in 1983, making a brief final return appearance
in 1987 as part of Hilda's departure from the series. In recent years he was
offered to return to the show but declined.
Hughes' considerable acting experience before Coronation
Street and popularity whilst in it meant that he never suffered from the lack
of work which often bedevils actors departing long-running series.
Hughes usually appeared in pantomime over the Christmas
period. He appeared on That Antony Cotton Show on 6 September
2007, in which he spoke about his role in a short film called Expresso, which
also starred Sir Norman Wisdom. Hughes played the part of a man who visits a
coffee shop for a "normal" coffee but is served by a pompous waiter.
The film was sold in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
He will be sorely missed !
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