English Actor Geoffrey Hughes of ‘Coronation Street’ Dies at 68

Geoffrey Hughes, according to Wikipedia, was an English actor who died at 68 on Friday, July 27, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Susan. The Hughes’ resided on The Isle of Wight, a county and the largest island in England.

Comedic Roles

Fans remember Hughes the best in his comedic roles such as Onslow from “Keeping Up Appearances” starring Katherine Routledge.

Acting Background

With an extensive background in stage acting, Hughes also made a wide range of television and film appearances. He, too, was known for a series of supporting roles in popular UK television dramas.

Graveyard on the grounds of the church in the town of Brading, Isle of Wight.


This actor kept busy with the British drama series, “Heartbeat” (2001-05, 2007), “The Royle Family” (1998-2000, 2006, 2008), “Keeping Up Appearances,” as Onslow, from 1990-1995, and he was Eddie Yeats in the soap opera “Coronation Street” (1974-83, 1987).


Hughes had considerable acting experiences even before Coronation Street. Whereas some actors find that a problem when they depart from a long-running series.

A few of Geoffrey’s film credits include Till Death Us Do Part (1969), The Bofors Gun (1969) and Carry On at Your Convenience (1971).

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney in 2010

Voice of Beatle, Paul

Hughes was also the voice of Paul McCartney in The Beatles’ cartoon film Yellow Submarine (1968).

Cancer and Condolences

Prostate cancer is what took the life of Geoffrey Hughes. He had been receiving treatment at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, near his Isle of Wight home.

Condolences go to the Hughes’ family, friends and fans.

Lesley Staples
Past Friend of Geoff, Lesley Staples

A Friend Remembers

“I knew Geoff, back in 1964. He was in a West End musical called “Maggie May,” written by Lionel Bart (who also wrote “Oliver!,” etc).

As it happened, I was then dating a musician (Keith Draper) who was in a Liverpool group called The Nocturns, and they were also cast in the musical. They shared a flat in London with Geoff, so I met him a few times.

Then, many years later we met up again, and he was still the kind and friendly man I remembered. He also had the lovely sense of humour that all Liverpudlians are famous for. By the way, Liverpudlians are what we call people who are from Liverpool.” – Lesley Staples