Morning campers! What happened to the stars of Hi-de-Hi nearly 30 years after they hung up their yellow coats
It was the series that immortalised British holiday camp culture, flinging a cast of relatively unknown British actors firmly into the limelight and making them household names.
After storming onto our screens in 1980, Hi-de-Hi! remained at the forefront of British comedy for eight years and nine series.
When news broke of actor Barry Howard’s death from cancer at 78, tributes poured in for the man who played champion ballroom dancer Barry Stuart-Hargreaves.
But thoughts also turned to his co-stars, who together formed the cast of one of the most popular BBC series of all time. FEMAIL reveals what happened to the stars after they hung up their yellow coats for the last time in January 1988.
Su played Peggy Ollerenshaw, the kooky maid who aspired to be a Yellowcoat and tried to get involved in the camp’s entertainment in any way she could.
While her character was known for her frizzy Eighties perm and oversized spectacles, the actress – now 66 – has something of a flamboyant dress sense in real life.
Despite a short-lived pop career during her time in Hi-de-Hi! Su stuck with acting, and shortly after the series came to an end she starred in the BBC’s You Rang, M’Lord? with fellow Hi-de-Hi stars Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland, followed by a presenting turn and Radio 2 drama For Better or For Worse.
• Continue reading at the Daily Mail. (Thanks to Paul Lomas)
Barry Howard, original cast member of Hi-de-Hi!, passed away yesterday at the age of 78. Barry’s agent and friend Sharry Clark confirmed the news, saying: “My lovely friend and client Barry Howard has passed to Spirit today, I will miss him more than I can say. RIP lovely man”.
Barry played ballroom dancer Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in great partnership with screen wife Diane Holland, who together gave viewers some of the finest comedy moments in Hi-de-Hi!. Aside from his most famous role, which he left in 1986, Barry was an actor of great experience and also had roles on television in Terry and June, You Rang M’Lord?, Dad and The House Of Windsor, as well as a long and varied stage career.
• Read press reports on this sad news at BBC News, The Guardian and Digital Spy. Click on the photo of Barry and Diane to visit his Wikipedia page.
For One Night Only!! … Heidi Honeycomb is… Back! ‘Singing In The Drain’, the episode of Gimme Gimme Gimme with Su as special guest star is repeated on GOLD early next month. This originally aired on BBC1 in December 2001.
Gimme Gimme Gimme: GOLD: 3rd May: 1.30am
Singing in the Drain. Series 3, Episode 5. Kathy Burke in the in-your-face comedy with the hapless flatmates with every personality flaw going. Linda finally realises her ambition to become a model.Starring: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Brian Bovell, Beth Goddard, Su Pollard, and Jonathan Harvey.
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Su Pollard, who starred alongside the Hoff in Nottingham’s biggest-ever panto in 2013, began her acting career as an angel in her school nativity play before a string of comedy roles such as the scatty chalet maid Peggy in Hi-de-Hi. But who can remember her singing on Opportunity Knocks in 1974? She came second to a singing Jack Russell.
• Continue reading at the Nottingham Post.