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Hugh Paddick
(22 August 22 1915 - 9 November 2000) U.K.

Hugh Paddick

Actor

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Hugh William Paddick was born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England. Paddick was a farmer's son who failed his bar exams and disappointed his family by then enrolling at a drama school. Tall and handsome, as a young man he played conventional leading roles, working for Liverpool repertory theatre for many years. He 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 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. Paddick also enjoyed success as Percival Browne in the original West End production of The Boy Friend , in 1954.

His 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). Both he and Kenneth Williams are largely responsible for introducing the underground language polari, a bizarre mixture of the Romany language and homosexual streetcode, to the British public.

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.

Paddick was gay and lived for over thirty years with his partner Francis, whom he met at a party in London. 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.

Hugh Paddick died in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, aged 85. He was survived by his partner Francis, who had been with him for more than 30 years.

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