Nerys Hughes

Last updated 09 January 2020

Nerys Hughes
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Nerys Hughes

Born: Saturday 8th November 1941 (age: 82)


Nerys Hughes , is a Welsh actress, best known for playing Sandra Hutchinson in the  BBC TV series The Liver Birds which ran from 1969 to 1978.

Born in Rhyl, (then in Flintshire, now in Denbighshire), She studied drama at Rose Bruford College. 

She played the eponymous lead in The District Nurse, a series which was written for her, and won the Variety Club Television Actress of the Year Award.

In the theatre she has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Stage Company at the Royal Court and The Theatre of Comedy.

She guest starred in the Doctor Who story Kinda (1982) as the scientist Todd, alongside notable actors Peter Davison, Richard Todd and Simon Rouse. She also appeared in the Torchwood episode, Something Borrowed as Brenda Williams. 

She is also known for her role as Glenda in The Queen's Nose (1998-2000). Half Man Half Biscuit immortalised her in the song "I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)" from the album Back in the D.H.S.S..

She is married to cameraman, director and producer Pat Turley (whose best man was Peter Purves); they have a son Ben (also a cameraman) and daughter Mari-Claire (an actress).