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Hi-De-Hi star Barry Howard dies aged 78

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Barry Howard, best known for playing Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in Hi-de-Hi!, has died aged 78. His agent said he had been suffering from blood cancer.

Howard appeared in Hi-de-Hi! from 1980-86, playing one half of ballroom dancing instructor couple Barry and Yvonne.

His agent praised him as “very talented” and said she would “miss him more than I can say”.

Born in Nottingham in 1937, Howard had a handful of small parts in tv series, including Terry and June, before landing the role of Barry in Hi-de-Hi!

Starring alongside Dianne Holland, who died in 2009, as his on-screen wife Yvonne, camp Barry often became the victim of many of the entertainment team’s antics, while his snobby wife tried to preserve her dignity amid the holiday camp shenanigans.

It was often hinted that Barry was gay, although it was never confirmed on the show, and the character departed after seven series.

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