Bernard Cribbins died at the age of 93rd birthday of Bernard Cribbins. The comedian, actor, and performer is perhaps most famous in recent times for his role as a recurring character in Doctor Who alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate. However, since his T.V. debut in the film version of David Copperfield, he has been regularly seen on the screens.
Cribbins was born in Oldham and was a character in various films, including carrying on Jack, Carry on Columbus, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy. He first appeared in the Doctor Who universe in the film Daleks’ Invasion of Earth 2150 A.D. alongside Peter Cushing in 1964. He returned to the show’s revival in 2007 as a distinct character named Wilfred Mott.
Many children also remember Cribbins for his role as the narrator of the Wombles from 1973 to 1975. However, the show continued to be repeated over and over following its end, which means its lasting legacy far exceeded its brief period.
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His mellifluous voice meant the perfect match for the BBC’s story-telling show, Jackanory, on which Cribbins was featured more than any other reader between 1966 and 1991. Also, he appeared in the 11th episode of Coronation Street in 2003 as Wally Bannister.
Cribbins was a top 10 hit with two hits in 1962, including Hole in the Ground and Right Said Fred, the first of which was selected from Noel Coward as one of his Desert Island Discs, much to Cribbins’s delight. “I never met the gentleman,” Cribbins said in the Guardian at the time of 2014. “But I was in a traffic jam in Parliament Square once, and a limo pulled up alongside, and he was sitting in the back seat, and I wanted to get out and say it’s me, it’s Hole in the Ground.”
Cribbins performed on stage throughout his entire career, beginning at his stage in the West End in 1956 at the Arts Theatre in A Comedy of Errors, playing the lead role on stage in Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre and many pantomime productions. He was presented with an OBE at the end of 2011 to recognize his services to the drama industry.
Russell T Davies, a co-star alongside Cribbins in Doctor Who, has paid tribute to Cribbins’ character on Instagram. “I love this guy, and I am in love with him. He loved his role in Doctor Who. He told the press, “Children call me grandad on streets!’ very first day on set was with Kylie Minogue; however, everyone’s eyes, including Kylie’s, were focused on Bernard.”
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In a career that spanned seven years, The veteran actor was featured as himself in Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, and the Carry-On films. He also scored success with the hit track Right Said Fred.
The veteran actress Bernard Cribbins, who narrated The Wombles and starred in the film adaptation of The Railway Children, has passed away at 93.
In the statement, their agent said: “Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has died at the age of 93.
“His career spans over seven decades and included a variety of work that ranged from films such as The Railway Children, the ‘Carry On ‘ series and the hit song of the 60’s “Right Said Fred,” the most well-known guest on the T.V. show ‘Fawlty Towers as well as narrating the ‘The Wombles’.
“He was active throughout his 90’s, most recently appearing in Doctor Who as well as his CBeebies program “Old Jack’s boat. His wife passed away at the age of more than 66 years after Gill, who passed away last year.
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“Bernard’s impact on British entertainment is unquestionable. He was unique and typified the very best of his generation and will be deeply missed by all those who were fortunate to have the pleasure of meeting and working alongside him.”
In Oldham, Bernard was revered for his versatility and was popular with the young crowds across the country.
The actor’s debut role came in 1956 on the T.V. show The Black Tulip before he gained fame through several Carry-On films, including the roles of carrying On Spying and Carry On Columbus.
The year was 1970, and he portrayed Albert Perks in The Railway Children before becoming a regular on children’s T.V. as he narrated The Wombles and made over 100 appearances on Jackanory, the classic children’s T.V. show, Jackanory.
For The Wombles, he voiced the characters Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory, and the Orinoco.
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In the OBE ceremonial inauguration in 2011, He stated that giving the voice to The Wombles, the popular animated show from the 70s, was easy because of how The Wombles was written.
“The structure of the writing was such that you knew exactly where everybody was socially in that household,” he explained.
Off-screen, he had his musical career with success and released several hits records, including comedy tracks, Hole In The Ground, and Right Said Fred, a hit on his U.K. charts for singles at the top of the 10.
Recently, he was seen in Doctor Who as Wilf, the father of the Doctor’s friend Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate.
He was in the show with Kylie Minogue, Geoffrey Palmer, Clive Swift, and Russell Tovey in the Doctor Who episode Voyage Of The Damned broadcast on Christmas Day in 2007 and witnessed 13.31 million viewers tune in.
According to reports, the actor was seen filming with Catherine Tate and David Tennant to celebrate Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary.