Nerys Hughes

Nerys Hughes
Born (1941-11-08) 8 November 1941 (age 78)
Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales
Years active 1963โ€“present
Patrick Turley ( m. 1972)
Children 2

Nerys Hughes (born 8 November 1941) is a Welsh actress and narrator, known primarily for her television roles, including her part in the BBC TV series The Liver Birds.


She was born in Rhyl, Flintshire. Her parents were Myfi and Ted Kerfoot-Hughes, who raised her as a Methodist and sent her to Howell's School in Denbigh, where she took an interest in drama. Her first language was Welsh, although she said in 2009 that by then she had lost some competence.[1] She studied drama at Rose Bruford College[citation needed] and in 1960 joined the Radio Drama Company by winning the Carlton Hobbs Bursary.[2]

One of Hughes's early dramatic roles was in Ken Loach's television series titled Diary of a Young Man in 1964.[1] She is best known for the role of Sandra Hutchinson in the enormously successful BBC TV series The Liver Birds which ran from 1969 to 1978 with a brief revival in 1996. Her main co-stars were Mollie Sugden and Polly James.

She later played the eponymous lead in The District Nurse,[1] a series which was written for her, and won the Variety Club Television Actress of the Year Award. The series was released on DVD in 2006.

She made brief appearances in the films A Severed Head and Take A Girl Like You, both in 1970. In the theatre she has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Stage Company at the Royal Court, and the Theatre of Comedy.

Hughes was one of the explorers who voyaged to the planet Arg in the (now lost from the BBC) fourth episode of the second series of the 'science-fiction' quiz The Adventure Game in 1981, where she was evaporated in the Vortex game. She also guest-starred in the metaphorical and esoteric Doctor Who story "Kinda" (1982) as the scientist Todd, alongside actors Peter Davison, Richard Todd and Simon Rouse. She also appeared in the Torchwood episode "Something Borrowed" as Brenda Williams (Rhys's mother), and an alien. She is also known for her role as Glenda in The Queen's Nose (1998โ€“2000).

Hughes is married to television cameraman Patrick Turley and has a son and a daughter.[1]

In popular culture

Half Man Half Biscuit released a song "I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)" on the album Back in the D.H.S.S..

Television roles


Year Title Role
1966 The Likely Lads Valerie
1969 The Valley Express Jenny
1972 The Merchant of Venice Nerissa
The Liver Birds
Whatever Happened to The Liver Birds
Sandra Hutchinson
1982 Third Time Lucky Beth Jenkins
1989 A Night of Comic Relief 2 Herself


Year Title Role
1963 Dixon of Dock Green Beryl
1963 Z-Cars Molly Roberts
1975โ€“76 How Green Was My Valley Bronwen Morgan
1982 Doctor Who Todd
1984โ€“87 The District Nurse Megan Roberts
1998 The Queen's Nose Glenda
2008 Torchwood: Something Borrowed Brenda Williams[3]


Year Title Role
1981 The Adventure Game Explorer
1984 This Is Your Life Subject
1989 Fun with ABC Presenter


  1. ^ a b c d "Rhyl actress Nerys Hughes". Daily Post. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ Carlton Hobbs Bursary winners at, accessed 23 January 2018
  3. ^ "Torchwood". RadioTimes.

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