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Welsh actor Philip Madoc dies aged 77

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 14:24 UK time, Monday, 5 March 2012

Welsh actor Philip Madoc, famous for stage and screen roles including The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, has died aged 77 after a short illness.

The Merthyr Tydfil-born actor starred in many hit television dramas such as Doctor Who and A Mind To Kill, as well as one of most famous episodes of Dad's Army in which he played a captured U-Boat captain.

Arthur Lowe and Philip Madoc in Dad's Army

Arthur Lowe as Captain George Mainwaring and Philip Madoc as a captured U-Boat captain, in Dad's Army's famous 'Dont tell him, Pike' scene

Browse a photo gallery of images from Madoc's career and contribute your thoughts and tributes to the late actor on the BBC Wales News website.

Watch this archive clip of the late Philip Madoc in 1978 BBC series Hawkmoor, about the adventures of 16th century Welsh folk hero Twm Siôn Cati.

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  • Comment number 1.

    If I remember rightly, Philip Madoc also played Brother Cadfael in radio dramatisations of Ellis Peters' medieval whodunnits. He was much closer to the character from the books, and so more convincing, than Derek Jacobi's later TV interpretation of the same part. After all, although he lives in Shrewsbury Abbey, Cadfael is meant to be Welsh!

  • Comment number 2.

    Any chance of Hawkmoor and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George being repeated?

  • Comment number 3.

    @ all_about_news Couldn't agree more. Also Cadfael was supposed to have been a tough fighter in the Crusades in his youth, something else that I always felt Madoc's interpretation conveyed much more realistically than Jacobi's. (Coincidentally, Radio 4 Extra is currently repeating 'Dead Man's Ransom' with Madoc in the lead role). Philip Madoc had a wonderful voice and will be much missed.


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