Barry Howard Dead: 'Hi-De-Hi!' Actor Dies, Aged 78

He was best known for his comedy role as Barry Stuart-Hargreaves.

‘Hi-De-Hi!’ actor Barry Howard has died, at the age of 78.

Barry, best known for playing dance instructor Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in the 1980s sitcom, died on Thursday (28 April) after a battle with cancer, his agent Sharry Clark confirmed.

Barry Howard in 1987
Barry Howard in 1987

In a post on her official Twitter page, Sharry praised him as a “very talented” actor, adding: “I will miss him more than I can say.”

She later said in a statement: “The much-loved actor Barry Howard, best known for his exquisitely supercilious Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, the champion ballroom dancer in BBC’s hugely popular Hi-de-Hi, passed away today aged 78.”

Comedy fans will remember Barry for his role in ‘Hi-De-Hi!’, which he appeared in for seven years, during which time he became renowned in particular for his facial expressions.

He made up one half the ‘Hi-De-Hi!’ couple Barry and Yvonne, opposite actress Diane Holland, until he stepped down from the comedy show in 1986.

With his on-screen wife in 'Hi-De-Hi!'
With his on-screen wife in 'Hi-De-Hi!'

Barry’s additional credits included roles in ‘You Rang, M’Lord?’, ‘The House Of Windsor’ and the BBC comedy ‘Beautiful People’, as well as a more recent portrayal of mini-bus driver Oliver Barnes in an episode of ‘Doctor Who’, alongside David Tennant as the Time Lord.

He also worked as a voice actor, appearing in a radio play for BBC Radio 4, as well as appearing on the stage, appearing as Jacob Marley in a production of the musical ‘Scrooge’, opposite Tommy Steele in the lead role, as well as multiple pantomimes.

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