GRAHAM HOADLY - BIOGRAPHY
Graham Hoadly was born in Hornchurch, Essex, and commenced his career there at the Queens Theatre in 1977.
He played in the whole run of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at the London Palladium in which he created the roles of the Commentator and Phillips and played Lord Scrumptious and the Toy Maker. CHITTY currently holds the record for the longest running Musical at the London Palladium.
Other West End roles include Lumley Lancaster in MR CINDERS (Fortune); Roscoe Dexter in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (London Palladium); Francis in ELEGIES (Criterion) and Abe Greenbaum in SOME LIKE IT HOT (Prince Edward).He may be heard on the original cast recordings of these productions.
He is presently appearing for Bronowski Productions as Harriman F. Spritzer, Mr Pinky and the High School Principal in HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and will be playing Ugly Sister in CINDERELLA this Christmas at the Bristol Hippodrome.
He most recently played The Rev. Canon Chasuble in Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at The English Theatre of Hamburg, and Widow Twankey in ALADDIN at the Richmond Theatre, having just completed the National Tour of 42ND STREET in which he played Bert Barry.
Earlier in 2012 he appeared as Baron Zeta in a tour of THE MERRY WIDOW for Opera della Luna, Beatrice Hardup (Ugly Sister) in CINDERELLA at the Richmond Theatre, and Major-General Stanley in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Kilworth House Theatre in Leicestershire, and Grandfather in RAGTIME at the Landor.
Other roles for OdL include; Dick Deadeye / Auntie (HMS PINAFORE), Mrs Partlet (don't ask … !) (THE SORCERER), Pooh Bah (THE MIKADO), and Fingers McFidget (THE BURGLAR'S OPERA) both on tour and for the Covent Garden Festival.
His many major tours include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF as the Rabbi; Bert Barry in 42ND STREET; CRAZY FOR YOU (as Everett); JOSEPH (as Simeon); SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (as Dexter); CLUEDO (as Colonel Mustard); SALAD DAYS (as Uncle Augustine); JUST A VERSE AND CHORUS and many others. He has frequently played in Repertory all over the country.
Graham is a regular Pantomime Dame / Ugly Sister for First Family Entertainment, and has appeared for them over the past six years at Richmond, Wimbledon, Woking, Stoke and Milton Keynes, alongside Patrick Duffy, Susan Hampshire, Shobna Gulati, Gareth Gates, Alistair McGowan, Michael Aspel, Dirk Benedict, Gary Wilmot, Jenny Eclair and Joanna Page.
Other Pantomime appearances include Sarah the Cook in Roy Hudd's DICK WHITTINGTON and Widow Twankey in ALADDIN at the Watford Palace.
Fringe work includes THE CHAIRS and McCorquodale in FUNERAL GAMES. At the King's Head, Graham co-devised and appeared in the critically acclaimed MEET ME AT THE GATE, a tribute to the Gate revues of the 1930s. He also alternated with Lily Savage in the role of Roscoe, the drag queen in ELEGIES there, prior to its West End run.
Film and TV credits include Horace Carter in THE ESCAPIST, Lieutenant Desond Stewart in TRUE GLORY, Jack in YAHŞİ BATI (The Ottoman Cowboys), Jimmy in BLUNT, with Anthony Hopkins and Ian Richardson, FLYWHEEL as Boss Plunkett , THE SNOW WHITE FILES as Baptiste and SIGHTINGS as Jack the Ripper!
A frequent voice over and radio broadcaster, Graham was one of the four regulars in the award-winning BBC comedy series FLYWHEEL SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL and was heard as Gino in A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE on BBC Radio 4, in which he was reunited with his former FLYWHEEL colleagues. In July 2009 he broadcast in a new series of THE ADVENTURES OF SEXTON BLAKE for BBC Radio 2 playing the villain Professor Kew.
Graham also performs in Cabaret and Music Hall all over the world, and regularly appeared with the Concordia Theatre Company on the QE2 for Cunard. He has compèred several Variety Tours, and was a popular Chairman at the former Players' Theatre in London.