(born 16 April 1943 in Norwich
) is a Welsh actress
. She is famous for her role as Gladys Pugh in the 1980s BBC
television comedy Hi-de-Hi!
; and appearances as Daffyd Thomas's mother in the second series of Little Britain
have helped to maintain her profile more recently.Turner, Robin (2009) "", Western Mail
, 9 December 2009, retrieved 2010-11-03
Born Ruth Llewellyn
to parents who travelled around Britain for much of her childhood, she was brought up by her grandmother in Llansamlet near Swansea
. Later she attended RADA
Ruth worked in The Black and White Minstrel Show
Her first husband was the actor, Philip Madoc
. They had a son, Rhys, and a daughter, Lowri, but eventually divorced.
Ruth Madoc played Fruma Sarah in the 1971 film version of the musical Fiddler on the Roof
, and appeared as Mrs Dai Bread Two in the 1972 film of Under Milk Wood
.Marsh, Gary (2008) "", Cynon Valley Leader
, 3 JUly 2008, retrieved 2010-11-03 She also appeared regularly on BBC Wales
in the entertainment programme Poems and Pints
. She was also one of the alien voices in the Cadbury's Smash advertisements in the 1970s.
She is an experienced theatre actress who has appeared in many productions including the stage version of Under Milk Wood
, Steel Magnolias
, Agatha Christie
thrillers (And Then......