- Geoffrey Hughes
name = Geoffrey Hughes
birthname = Geoffrey Hughes
birthdate = birth date and age|1944|2|2|df=yes
Wallasey, Merseyside, England
Geoffrey Hughes (born
2 February 1944) is an English actor.
Hughes is best known for his roles Twiggy in the popular docu soap Royal Family, as Vernon Scripps in the British drama series "Heartbeat", Onslow in the sitcom "
Keeping Up Appearances" and Eddie Yeats in the soap opera" Coronation Street".
After attending Abbotsford Secondary Modern School in Norris Green, Liverpool 11 he started his career in
repertoryat Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent. This was followed by his first West End production, the Lionel Bartand Alun Owenmusical, " 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.
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 BBCand 'Squire Clodpoll' in "Good Friday 1663", one of Channel Four's new avant-gardeoperas. His comedy appearances on TV include, " The Likely Lads", " Please Sir", " Dad's Army", " Curry and Chips" " The Upper Hand" and " Keeping Up Appearances".
Geoffrey's film credits include "
Smashing Time"; " Till Death Do Us Part"; " The Bofors Gun"; " The Virgin Soldiers"; ""; " Carry On At Your Convenience"; and TV films: "Needle" and "The Man from the Peru". He was also the voice of Paul McCartneyin the Beatles' cartoon film "Yellow Submarine".
Hughes usually appears in
pantomimeover the Christmasperiod.Fact|date=May 2007 He appeared on That Antony Cotton Showon 6th September 2007. He spoke about his role in a new (at that time) short film called "Expresso" also starring Sir Norman Wisdom. This short film is sold in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Geoff plays the part of a man who visits a coffee shop for a "normal" coffee but is served by a pompous waiter. There is a web site for the short film at http://www.expressofilm.com
In 2007 he performed the Angel Gabriel, in the BBC production "Liverpool Nativity" [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7146902.stm] . In 2008, he appeared in the first episode of series two of the E4 drama series "Skins".
His off-stage interests are
sailing, golf, cricket, music, trees, and beer. Born south of the city proper, he was brought up in Liverpool. In more recent years, he overcame prostate cancer. He currently resides on the Isle Of Wight.
Geoff Hughes is also Honorary Squire of
Dartington Morris Menand made a much-valued appearance at the Dartington Morris Ring meeting in September 2008.
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