The Welsh actor Philip Madoc has died, aged 77. Madoc was best known for his roles in Dad's Army and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (for which he played the title role). Madoc's agent Michael Hallet said that he passed away in a Hertfordshire hospice, after suffering a short illness, BBC News reports today.
Philip Madoc was born in Merthyr Tydfil and over the years, appeared in a number of popular TV shows, such as Doctor Who, Porridge and A Mind To Kill. He played the role of a German U-Boat officer in the classic 'Don't tell 'em Pike' scene in Dad's Army. Hallett confirmed that Philip had been suffering with an illness since January 2012. Madoc's family released a statement that read "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, at 9am this morning." Madoc's former wife, the actress Ruth Madoc said of Philip "I've known him since I was 17 and I married him at 19," she said. "We had two children and have five grandchildren. I saw him on a regular basis and we had the family in common and a love of the business. I've got some wonderful, wonderful memories of Philip. He was such a talented actor and had that wonderful voice."
The director of BBC Cymru Wales, Rhodri Talfan davies, paid tribute to the late actor, saying that he was "a man of phenomenal talent. [he] leaves a rich legacy of work - in both drama and comedy - and will be much missed."