Melvyn Hayes

Melvyn Hayes (born Melvyn Hyams; 11 January 1935) is an English actor known for playing the effeminate Gunner (later Bombardier) "Gloria" Beaumont in the 1970s BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum, and the Cliff Richard musical films The Young Ones and Summer Holiday.

Melvyn Hayes
Born11 January 1935 (age 84)
Wandsworth, London, England
Years active1950–present
TelevisionQuatermass II (1955) It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–81)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
EastEnders (2005)
Drop the Dead Donkey (1998)
Benidorm (2011)
Spouse(s)Rosalind Allen (divorced)
Wendy Padbury (divorced)
Jayne Male (1984–present)[1]

Early life and career

Born in Wandsworth, London,[2] Hayes attended Sir Walter St John's Grammar School For Boys, Battersea. He was also in a theatrical troupe called Terry's Juveniles and his stage career stretches back to 1950 when he was "disappearing twice daily for £4 per week" performing the Indian rope trick in Maskelyne's Mysteries at the Comedy Theatre in London. He also appeared in repertory theatres in Surrey, Derbyshire and the Midlands. One of his earliest roles was in the BBC television adaptation of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School.

He played Edek in The Silver Sword (author Ian Serraillier) in 1957, a children's television production about Polish refugee children trying to find their parents after the Second World War.

His film roles include the young Victor Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Cecil Biggs in Bottoms Up (1960), Jimmy in The Young Ones (1961) with Cliff Richard, Cyril in Summer Holiday (1963), again with Cliff Richard and 'Brother' Willy in Crooks in Cloisters (1964). He also performed voices on children's cartoons such as SuperTed, The Dreamstone, Little Dracula, Alfred J. Kwak, Pongwiffy and Budgie the Little Helicopter.

Hayes featured in It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981), as Gunner "Gloria" Beaumont for the first two series, then after Bombardier Solomon left he was promoted to Bombardier.

Hayes played dames in British Christmas Pantomimes – his most recent roles being Nanny Nellie in Sleeping Beauty in Worthing, (2006) and Widow Twankey in Aladdin in Chatham (2005).

Other roles include parts in EastEnders as Michael Rawlins. Carry On England, Love Thy Neighbour, The Thin Blue Line, Here Come the Double Deckers, Potter's Picture Palace and the final series of Drop the Dead Donkey. He also provided the voice to characters in the English translation of the cartoon Alfred J. Kwak. In March 2011, Hayes appeared as Mr Pink in the ITV1 comedy TV series Benidorm. His latest theatre appearance was in You're Only Young Twice (2012) He was also in the Doctor Who - The Companion Chronicles audio The Scorchies (2013).

Personal life

Hayes first married actress Rosalind Allan, with whom he has two daughters and one son. He has two daughters with his second wife, former actress and theatrical agent Wendy Padbury; their daughter, Charlie Hayes, also became an actress. He is now married to Jayne Male and lives in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Hayes has one child with Male.

He was at one time the pub landlord of the Stag Inn in the village of Offchurch in Warwickshire[3] and also of the White Hart Tap in St Albans, Hertfordshire.


Hayes presented awards at the annual Isle of Wight County Press amateur theatre ceremony on 9 November 2010, at Shanklin Conservative Club. Hayes is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats and in 2004, was made King Rat.



  1. ^ The Gazillion Movies Team. "Melvyn Hayes". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
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  3. ^ McMullen, Marion (7 May 2005). "Melvyn's Dotty about Soap Role". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2015 – via HighBeam Research.

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Benidorm (series 4)

The fourth season of Benidorm ran from 25 February to 8 April 2011 on ITV1. Critically, series four was one of the most successful for the Benidorm show.

Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (TV series)

Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School is a BBC Television show broadcast from 1952 to 1961. It was based on the Greyfriars School stories, written by author Charles Hamilton under the pen name Frank Richards. Hamilton also wrote all of the scripts for the television show.

Bunter was portrayed by actor Gerald Campion, who was aged 29 when he was cast in the role in 1952, hence was playing a schoolboy only half his age. A number of genuine child actors were featured in the other schoolboy roles in the show, some of whom would go on to achieve fame in their subsequent adult careers, including Anthony Valentine, Michael Crawford, Jeremy Bulloch, Melvyn Hayes and Kenneth Cope.

Carry On England

Carry On England is the 28th in the series of Carry On films to be made. It was released in October 1976 and featured Carry On regulars Kenneth Connor, Jack Douglas, Joan Sims and Peter Butterworth. It was second and last Carry On film for Windsor Davies, Diane Langton and Peter Jones, while Patrick Mower, Judy Geeson,and Melvyn Hayes make their only appearance in a Carry On film.

Charlie Hayes (actress)

Charlotte Hayes (born 1977) is a British actress known for her TV, film and audio work. She is the daughter of Wendy Padbury and Melvyn Hayes.She has appeared in several Doctor Who audio dramas, including Master (2003) and Annihilation (2011). In one of them, the 2008 audio adaptation of the stage play Seven Keys to Doomsday, she played Jenny, the part originally played by her mother, whilst she also appeared alongside her mother in The Memory Cheats (2011), The Uncertainty Principle (2012), and Lords of the Red Planet (2013).

She has also appeared as the recurring characters Ruth Wycliffe in Wycliffe (1996-1998) and Kate in Crossroads (2003). Other notable appearances include Looking for Victoria (2003) and Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013).

Crooks in Cloisters

Crooks in Cloisters is a 1964 British comedy which features Ronald Fraser as 'Little Walter', the leader of a gang of forgers, including Bernard Cribbins as 'Squirts', Melvyn Hayes as 'Willy', Grégoire Aslan as 'Lorenzo', and Davy Kaye as 'Specs'.

Here Come the Double Deckers

Here Come the Double Deckers was a 17-part British children's TV series broadcast from 1970 to 1971, revolving around the adventures of seven children whose den was an old red double-decker London bus in an unused junk yard.

It Ain't Half Hot Mum

It Ain't Half Hot, Mum is a BBC television sitcom about a Royal Artillery concert party, set in Deolali in India and the fictional village of Tin Min in Burma, during the last months of the Second World War. It was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, who had both served in similar roles in India during World War II. It was first broadcast on BBC 1 between 1974 and 1981 in eight series totalling 56 episodes in all. Each episode ran for 30 minutes.

The title comes from the first episode in which young Gunner Parkins (Christopher Mitchell) writes home to his mother in England.

Many songs of the era were performed by the cast in their re-enactment of wartime variety shows. In 1975, Don Estelle and Windsor Davies, in character as "Lofty" and Sergeant Major Williams, released "Whispering Grass" and this became a hit, reaching number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and stayed at the top spot for three weeks.

Mel Gussow

Melvyn Hayes "Mel" Gussow (pronounced GUSS-owe; December 19, 1933 – April 29, 2005) was an American theater critic, movie critic, and author who wrote for The New York Times for 35 years.


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Sir Yellow

Sir Yellow was a British TV sitcom aired on ITV from 15 July - 19 August 1973. It starred Jimmy Edwards in the title role and also featured Melvyn Hayes, Alan Curtis, and Michael Ripper. The show was set in the 13th century and followed the misadventures of a cowardly, womanising, alcoholic knight. The programme was axed after just one series following bad reviews and was never brought back for a second; in 2003 the TV critic Mark Lewisohn named it "the worst British sitcom of all time" in his book The Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy.

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The Flesh and the Fiends

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The Further Adventures of SuperTed

The Further Adventures of SuperTed is an American/British animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Siriol Animation in association with S4C, and continues the adventures of SuperTed. There was only one series consisting of thirteen episodes and originally broadcast on The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera in the United States on January 31, 1989.

The Silent Invasion

The Silent Invasion is a low budget 1962 British film.

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Not to be confused with The Young Ones (TV series).

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What's Up Superdoc!

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