By | July 28, 2022

Performer Bernard Cribbins, who delighted U.K. kids for generations Died at 93

Bernard Cribbins looks on after receiving the annual J M Barrie Award in recognition of his lifetime of unimaginable work for children’s the stage, in film, TV and recording, in the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House in London on November. 13th, 2014. Cribbins passed away at the age of 93.

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LONDON London Bernard Cribbins, a beloved British entertainer who’s seven-decade-long career was a mix of comedy from “Carry On” comedies to children’s TV in the form of Doctor Who,” has passed away. He was 93.

Agent Gavin Barker Associates announced Cribbins’ passing on Thursday.

“Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is without question,” it reads. “He was unique, typifying the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”

A warm and avuncular actor who played characters, Cribbins was a childhood presence for generations of Britons. He was the station steward Albert Perks in the 1970 film the classic “The Railway Children” and voiced the entire cast of characters in “The Wombles,” a animated television series from the 1970s that focused on the family of burrowing creatures that live under the London’s Wimbledon Common.


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Cribbins was also the voice of the road-safety squirrel Tufty Fluffytail on a variety of films for public information, and was the holder of his record of the highest number of appearancesmore than 100on the children’s television show “Jackanory.”

Born into a deprived family in Oldham northwestern England around 1928. Cribbins dropped out of school during his teens and made his first gig as a stage manager as well as part-time actor in the regional repertory theatre.

He went into West End productions, before appearing in a myriad of British films, such as the 1960 humor “Two-Way Stretch” alongside Peter Sellers and Peter Sellers in 1966; the “Doctor Who” spinoff “Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD” and”The 1967 James Bond spoof “Casino Royale” as well as the Alfred Hitchcock’s last films, “Frenzy” in 1972.

He was in a variety of films within his “Carry On” series, was a memorable guest on the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers” and was a top 10 hit with comedy hits “Hole in the Ground” and “Right Said Fred.”

The younger generation was familiar with Cribbins for his role as Wilfred Mott, the character who was a companion to David Tennant’s eminent Doctor in the series when “Doctor Who” was revived in the beginning of the 21st century. Cribbins was a part of another BBC children’s show, “Old Jack’s Boat,” between 2013 and 2015. He also recorded scenes earlier in the year to be used in the forthcoming “Doctor Who” 60th-anniversary special.

“Doctor Who” showrunner Russell T. Davies is remembered by Cribbins in his role as “a wonderful actor.”

“I’m so lucky to have known him ,” Davies stated. “Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world.”

Cribbins”wife of the past 66 year, Gill, died last year.

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