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Simon Cadell was one of Britain's finest actors. He first came to prominence on TV as a nasty Nazi in the ITV drama Enemy At The Door but found his greatest fame in 33 episodes of Hi-de-Hi! as the hopeless out of his depth entertainments manager Jeffrey Fairbrother. After leaving the series at the peak of it's popularity Simon went on to appear in other series such as Blott On The Landscape, Life Without George and Singles. He also won an Olivier Award for his West End stage role in Travels With My Aunt. He died in 1996.
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Paul Shane started his working career as a miner, but an accident led him to concentrate on his career as a club entertainer which had been a hobby up until that point. He became a well respected (and award winning) club singer and comedian, plus had a taste of acting with small roles in Alan Bennett dramas and a BBC play entitled Summer Season written for him by Brian Glover, which is where Jimmy Perry remembered Paul when looking for an actor to play the role of wily camp host Ted Bovis in Hi-de-Hi! Of course this made Paul into a household name and he went on to appear in his own show Very Big, Very Soon as well as guest roles in TV series such as Casualty and Holby City. He has appeared in many stage productions including the role of Mr. Bumble in the London Palladium production of the musical Oliver! Paul sadly passed away in 2013.
Ruth Madoc became the epitome of the Welsh femme fetale in Hi-de-Hi! but had started her professional career in the Fols De Rols and the Black and White Minstrel Show. She had roles in the film versions of Under Milk Wood and Fiddler On The Roof before finding lasting recognition as Gladys. Post Hi-de-Hi! Ruth has been seen in a string of successful stage production including Pickwick The Musical, Annie, 42nd Street and is a regular in pantomime.
Visit Ruth's official website at http://www.ruthmadoc.co.uk
Jeffrey Holland became a regular fixture in the Perry-Croft repertory company after successfully auditioning for a role in the Dad's Army stage production in 1975, in which he went on to play Private Walker. Parts in Are You Being Served ?, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and a small role in one episode of the Dad's Army TV series followed. Perry and Croft wrote the part of Spike Dixon especially for Jeff and the rest is history. Perhaps best known as Spike and James Twelvetrees in You Rang, M'Lord ? Jeff has also been seen in countless stage productions over the years.
Check out his official website at http://www.jeffreyholland.co.uk/ for further info.
Su Pollard is a legend in showbusiness. Her boundless energy and ability to talk seemingly none stop have endeared her to virtually everyone who meets Su. Having been beaten by a singing dog on television's talent show Opportunity Knocks, Su's career took an upward turn when she landed roles in the West End productions of Godspell, Grease, Oh Mr. Porter and touring in The Desert Song with John Hanson. Following the ill fated sitcom Two Up, Two Down with Paul Nicholas along came Peggy Ollerenshaw and Su brightened up millions of homes in Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M'Lord ? and Oh Doctor Beeching.
Find out more about Su at her official website http://www.supollard.co.uk/
David Griffin arrived at Maplins at the start of series 6 bringing a bit of caddish charm to the camp as Squadron Leader Clive Dempster. Having started his television career in an episode of Dixon Of Dock Green, David went on to appear in several notable series in guest roles including Doctor Who, Emmerdale Farm and Ripping Yarns. He found further fame when leaving Maplins at the increasingly harrassed Emmet in the Roy Clarke sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. A popular stage actor, David can often be seen in pantomime and teamed up with old chum Su Pollard for a tour of New Zealand in The Good Sex Guide Revue.
The miserable Mr. Partridge was just one facet of Leslie Dwyer's diverse career. As a youngser he appeared in Peter Pan as well as with music hall legends Marie Lloyd and Harry Champion. A string of notable film appearances included In Which We Serve and The Way Ahead. Frequently seen on the small screen, Leslie is remembered by fans of cult television for his appearances in Steptoe & Son as well as opposite Jon Pertwee in Doctor Who. Leslie appeared up until series 6 of Hi-de-Hi, and died in 1986.
Felix Bowness is a legend within showbusiness. He was the BBC's preferred studio warm-up man during the golden age of television variety and comedy in the 70' and 80's. In turn he has been given roles in Dad's Army, Are You Being Served, Porridge and a Bert the Bugler, a regular in Noel's House Party to name but a few. He is one of the elite members of entertainment to be given the honour of a This Is Your Life programme devoted to him. His manic jockey Fred Quilley was seen in every episode of Hi-de-Hi. Felix died on 13th September 2009, aged 87.
Diane Holland started her career as a dancer appearing with many of the greats of variety including Arthur Askey and Tommy Trinder. She also made a name for herself as an actress in such productions as Big Bad Mouse with Eric Sykes and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. Her television career had included Sykes and Some Mothers Do Ave 'Em before she was cast as the eternally snooty Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves in Hi-de-Hi. A very reclusive lady, she consistantly refused to appear at any public or private Hi-de-Hi reunions or tribute programmes. Diane passed away in January 2009.
Barry Howard is an actor of enormous experience having worked with comedy greats such as Hylda Baker and Charles Hawtrey. His partnership with the late John Inman as Ugly Sisters in pantomime made Barry one of the most in demand Dames during the pantomime season. He and John Inman were spotted by David Croft during a production of the musical Salad Days and years later David remembered him for the role of Barry Stuart-Hargreaves. Leaving the series after 46 episodes, Barry has returned to the theatre with successful tours of Scrooge and The Rocky Horror Show to his credit. Barry passed away in 2016
Ben Aris was a much in demand character actor. He appeared with Frankie Howerd in the stage musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (and later the television comedy Further Up Pompeii) along with productions of Zip Goes A Million and Finian's Rainbow. Ben first appeared as pig farmer Julian Dalrymple-Sykes in Simon Cadell's final episode but was asked back for the final two series to fill the gap left by Barry Howard. Ben passed away in 2003.
The leggy blonde Sylvia Garnsey was played by Nikki Kelly throughout the series. Coming from a theatrical family Nikki attended drama school and got her Equity card by appearing in an episode of Dixon of Dock Green. It was when she auditioned for a role in It Ain't Half Hot Mum that Nikki caught the eye of Perry and Croft and was cast as Sylvia. Nikki has remained a busy theatre actress and is a regular in pantomime, often appearing as the Wicked Queen in Snow White.
David and Tony, The Webb Twins, formed a singing cabaret act in their native Essex and found themselves hired as Yellowcoats for the filming of the pilot. From there the roles of Stanley and Bruce Matthews grew and they became a firm fixture in the Maplin's staff room. David now works for local BBC radio and Tony teaches classical guitar and still sings in cabaret.