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Faces of Holmes: Roy Hudd

Faces of Holmes: Roy Hudd

“… this man here – is an actor.”

– The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS)

Actor / Comic Roy Hudd with his OBE in 2004.

Actor/Comic Roy Hudd, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the BBC Radio 2 series The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes in 1999, passed away this weekend after a brief illness. He was 83 years old.

The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes broadcast six episodes in January and Februrary 1999. Hudd would return in February, 2002, to portray James Phillimore in the The Singular Inheritance of Miss Gloria Wilson episode of the BBC 4 Radio series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This story was based on a mention from The Problem at Thor Bridge.

In 1994 Hudd portrayed John Gedgrave (aka Frank Carter) in The Dying Detective episode of the Granada series The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes opposite Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke.

For those that wish to learn more about Hudd, be sure to check out his Wikipedia entry or his BBC obituary.

Hudd was honored as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2004. At the time of the announcement of his honor, the BBC reported that :

Comedian and playwright Roy Hudd has been appointed an OBE for his services to entertainment.

The 67-year-old comic said he was delighted by the honour.

After a leaked list recently revealed that 300 celebrities had rejected awards, Hudd joked: “Well, someone had to accept one otherwise there would be shelves full of them left.”

He said: “I don’t care whether it’s the British Empire, the Croydon Empire, the Chelsea Palace or the Lewisham Hippodrome, I’m just delighted to be thought of.”

The badge for the OBE is in the form of a cross patonce (having the arms growing broader and floriated toward the end), the obverse of which bears the left facing busts of King George V and Queen Mary; the reverse bears George V’s Royal and Imperial Cypher. Both are within a ring bearing the motto of the Order. The badges are plain gold (unlike the enamelled CBE badge), and is suspended from a ribbon that is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, with the addition of a pearl-grey central stripe for the military division.

In closing, we share this recording of The Case Of The Clockwork Fiend, the first episode from The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes that starred Hudd.

Holmes and Watson in the Great War: The Decorated Duo of Rathbone and Bruce

Holmes and Watson in the Great War: The Decorated Duo of Rathbone and Bruce

The noteworthy British actors received military honors NIGEL BRUCE (left) AND BASIL RATHBONE portrayed Dr. John Watson and detective Sherlock Holmes in the 1939 film adaptation of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. From 1939 to 1946, well-known British actors Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce costarred in 15 films and 220 radio programs as Sherlock Holmes and… Continue Reading

Michael Palin Now a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

Michael Palin Now a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)   Monty Python’s Michael Palin hosted the April 8, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live and portrayed Holmes in a sketch Michael Palin’s name is familiar to fans of Monty Python, but many are not… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Charlton Heston

Faces of Holmes: Charlton Heston

“… possible actors in this drama…” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) Charlton Heston as Holmes in The Crucifer of Blood Charlton Heston was a prolific actor in Hollywood. Upon his death in 2008, noted film critic Roger Ebert commented, “Heston made at least three movies that almost everybody eventually sees: Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments and Planet of… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty Leo McKern

Faces of Moriarty Leo McKern

“… an incomparable actor” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Reginald “Leo” McKern (March 16, 1920 – July 23, 2002) was an Australian actor. While our group will focus on his portrayal of Professor James Moriarty in the 1975 musical comedy film, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, he is better known for his role as… Continue Reading

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list…” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) Prince Charles presents Hugh Laurie with his CBE, November 21, 2018 We share the following report from the BBC: Hugh Laurie made a CBE by Prince Charles Actor Hugh Laurie has been made a… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

“… this man here – is an actor.” – The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) John Mills as Watson, Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Masks of Death (1984). This would be Cushing’s last role as Holmes. My first introduction to Peter Cushing was as Grand Moff Tarkin in a 1976 movie Star Wars. I would later become familiar… Continue Reading

The 2014 BSI Trust Benefactor Medal

The 2014 BSI Trust Benefactor Medal

“… I should have had a medal the size of a soup plate.” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR)       We published a HolmeWork Assignment regarding the BSI Trust Benefactor’s Medal in January 2016. This medal has only been awarded twice – first, in 2012, to Glen Miranker, and then again in 2014… Continue Reading