Veteran British comedian and actor Roy Hudd has died at the age of 83 after a short illness.

Hudd, who was born in Croydon in south London, was an authority on the history of music hall entertainment.

A statement from his agent said: "We are sad to announce the passing of the much-loved and amazingly talented Roy Hudd OBE.

"After a short illness, Roy passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Sunday the 15th of March, with his wife Debbie at his side.

"The family would ask you to respect their privacy at this very sad time."

Hudd made his professional debut as a comedian in 1957 at London's Streatham Hill Theatre.

In 1958, he joined the Redcoats at Butlin's Clacton and worked alongside the likes of Cliff Richard and Dave Allen.

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Across a varied career he was a familiar sight on UK television and appeared in shows such as Call The Midwife, Midsomer Murders and Holby City.

In 2017 he appeared in ITV's Broadchurch and in 2019 made an appearance as a patient in the BBC's Casualty.

Hudd wrote several books on music hall, re-recorded and restored old music hall records, and appeared many times in the much-loved revival show The Good Old Days, which ran on BBC One from 1953 to 1983.

He was the longstanding president of the British Music Hall Society, and chose the genre as his specialist subject when he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind in 2014.