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Channel 4 Treasures of the World: Bettany Hughes’ famous dad who starred in BBC classic Bergerac and acted alongside Madonna


Bettany Hugues has been back on Channel 4 as part of its recent series: Treasures of the World.

The TV star, 54, has a long list of TV credits, appearing in historical documentaries since 2003 – including Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World, Eight Days That Made Rome, and A Greek Odyssey.

But did you know Bettany’s dad was a legendary actor in his own right? Indeed Peter Hughes once acted alongside Madonna, he was that big a deal.

Peter trained as an actor in the 1940s, eventually making his professional debut in 1949 in a production of Noël Coward’s ‘Fallen Angels’.

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Bettany starring in Treasures of the World

Four years later, he made his West End debut – and went on to perform many shows at both the Richmond Theatre and the Watford Palace Theatre.

The actor made his television debut in the BBC classic Bergerac, where he played the recurring role of a bank manager.

Several other TV appearances followed, including ‘Love Is a Splendid Illusion’ (1970), ‘An Englishman’s Castle’ (1978), and ‘When the Heat Cools Off’ (also 1978).

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His most famous credit, arguably, is in the ground-breaking film Evita, starring Madonna.

Released in 1996, the film was based on the 1976 concept album of the same name produced by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In Evita, Peter Hughes played General Francisco Franco, the Spanish general responsible for leading the Nationalist forces in overthrowing the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War.

Peter Hughes died in February 2019 at the age of 96.

Treasures of the World continues on Channel 4 on Saturday (September 11) at 8pm.

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