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Health check: Roy Hudd - comedian; INSIDE OUT.

COMEDIAN and entertainer Roy Hudd was born in 1936 and has moved from musicals and farce to Shakespeare and Stoppard during his 45-year career.

Much loved for his music hall turns, Hudd has also displayed his dramatic skills alongside Albert Finney in Dennis Potter's Karaoke and appeared in acclaimed comedy drama Common As Muck.

This spring he can be seen in Coronation Street as undertaker Archie Shuttleworth.

He is also preparing to host a 25th anniversary series of The News Huddlines on Radio 2. He lives in south London with his second wife, Debbie Flitcroft.

How much sleep do you need?

"I probably need more than I ever did. As you get older you're supposed to want less and I want more."

How do you feel first thing in the morning?

"I feel like going back to sleep. I've got to the stage where I can actually sleep anywhere at any time. I base this on being a telephone operator in the RAF where I learned to catnap, which is one of the great things you can ever learn to do."

What exercise do you take?

"I do so little it's not true. I open and close my eyes several times when I get up in the morning. It used to be a cup of tea, a cigarette and a good cough. I've given up the cigarettes but I'm still coughing."

Are you careful about what you eat?

"I did the Hay diet for a while and that worked all right.

My wife Debbie was choreographing pantomimes over Christmas and was here to keep an eye on me, but when she's not around I only eat when I'm hungry."

Are you or have you ever been overweight?

"I put on three stone when I stopped smoking. It took me to over 18 stone. I managed to get a stone off on that Hay diet. Pantos used to be good for burning off the weight but I don't do them anymore."

Do you drink or smoke too much?

"I used to smoke but gave that up about three years ago. I feel worse now. The tragedy is I know if I had one cigarette I'd be hooked again. It's worse than drug addiction. I got off it with those patches. I'm not madly keen on booze. Never have been really."

Do you think you suffer from stress?

"Yes, I think I do. My job can be fairly stressful."

Have you ever been in hospital?

"I'm a great believer in Naturopathic healing. It really sets you up for the year."

How often do you consult your doctor?

"Quite often. The slightest thing and I'm round there."

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Date:Apr 2, 2002
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