Sad news reaches us that Welsh actor Philip Madoc has died aged 77. Madoc, who played the title role in BBC drama The Life And Times of David Lloyd George, also appeared in shows including Doctor Who and The Last Of The Mohicans.
Julian Bray had the pleasure of meeting Philip Madoc in the early 1970's when his London Kensington house was used for a film location shoot. As lunchtime approached, Philip Madoc turned to Julian and asked if there was a good restaurant nearby, as the production company hadn't had time to book a film caterer. I suggested using my then wine bar Brays' at 1998 Fulham Road, Chelsea.
Over lunch Madoc confided there were very few good film catering companies around, as they were all booked up years ahead . Within weeks and thanks to some introductions by the Welsh born actor, an embryonic Brays Location Services was born on the back of the wine bar and running a bistro on wheel type menu, within two weeks Brays had been signed up by Penny Lent, to provide a twice weekly location catering service for London Weekend Televisions World of Sport. Mark ! productions The Professionals and Euston Films Minder series. Feature films and ridley scott productions followed, The rest as they say is history. The success of that venture was clearly down to Philip Madoc!
His agent Michael Hallet said on Monday: "He passed away in hospital in Hertfordshire this morning after a short illness with his family around him.
In an episode of Dad's Army Madoc played a captured U-boat captain, in which he demands the names of his captors, prompting a furious Captain Mainwaring to shout the famous line "Don't tell him Pike".
The Merthyr Tydfil-born actor gained a reputation for playing villains, but insisted he did not mind. The actor, who was divorced from Hi-de-Hi star Ruth Madoc, leaves two children and several grandchildren.
A statement released by his family said: "He will be greatly missed by his son, daughter and grandchildren. Although he suffered from cancer, he was very well looked after by the staff at Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood, for which the family are very grateful. He died peacefully in his sleep."
Julian Bray comments: "Truly a huge talent , has been lost. with an all round sense of fun and superb comedic timing. He will be missed by his many fans and his theatrical colleagues alike.
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