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8 November 1941 |
Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, UK
She was born in Rhyl (then in Flintshire, now in Denbighshire). Her parents were Myfi and Ted Kerfoot-Hughes, who raised her as a Methodist and sent her to Howell's School in Denbigh, where she took an interest in drama. Her first language was Welsh, although she said in 2009 that by then she had lost some competence. She studied drama at Rose Bruford College and in 1960 joined the Radio Drama Company by winning the Carlton Hobbs Bursary.
One of Hughes's early dramatic roles was in Ken Loach's television series titled Diary of a Young Man in 1964. She is best known for the role of Sandra Hutchinson in the enormously successful BBC TV series The Liver Birds which ran from 1969 to 1978 with a brief revival in 1996. Her main co-stars were Mollie Sugden and Polly James.
She later played the eponymous lead in The District Nurse, a series which was written for her, and won the Variety Club Television Actress of the Year Award. The series was released on DVD in 2006.
She made brief appearances in the films A Severed Head and Take A Girl Like You, both in 1970. In the theatre she has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Stage Company at the Royal Court, and the Theatre of Comedy.
Hughes was one of the explorers who voyaged to the planet Arg in the (now lost from the BBC) fourth episode of the second series of the 'science-fiction' quiz The Adventure Game in 1981, where she was evaporated in the Vortex game. She also guest-starred in the metaphorical and esoteric Doctor Who story "Kinda" (1982) as the scientist Todd, alongside actors Peter Davison, Richard Todd and Simon Rouse. She also appeared in the Torchwood episode "Something Borrowed" as Brenda Williams. She is also known for her role as Glenda in The Queen's Nose (1998–2000).
Hughes is married to television cameraman Patrick Turley and has a son and a daughter.
|1966||The Likely Lads||Valerie|
|1969||The Valley Express||Jenny|
|1972||The Merchant of Venice||Nerissa|
|The Liver Birds
Whatever Happened to The Liver Birds
|1982||Third Time Lucky||Beth Jenkins|
|1989||A Night of Comic Relief 2||Herself|
|1963||Dixon of Dock Green||Beryl|
|1975–76||How Green Was My Valley||Bronwen Morgan|
|1982||Doctor Who: Kinda||Todd|
|1984–87||The District Nurse||Megan Roberts|
|1998||The Queen's Nose||Glenda|
|2008||Torchwood: Something Borrowed||Brenda Williams|
|1984||This Is Your Life||Subject|
|1989||Fun with ABC||Presenter|
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