Bernard Cribbins, who delighted generations of British kids, died at 93


The city of London is In his seven-decade career, Bernard Cribbins starred in everything from the raucous “Carry On” comedy to children’s television to the hit show “Doctor Who.” Cribbins died at the age of 91. He was 93 years old.

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Cribbins passed away on Thursday, according to the agency he worked for, Gavin Barker Associates.

Bernard’s impact to British entertainment is unquestionable, the statement continued. Everyone who had the pleasure of working with or getting to know him says, “He was one-of-a-kind, embodying all that was best about his generation.


Cribbins was a familiar face to generations of British children because to his genial, avuncular character actor persona. “The Railway Children” and “The Wombles,” an animated series about a family of burrowing animals that live under Wimbledon Common in London in the 1970s, are two of his best-known roles.

Tufty Fluffytail, a road-safety squirrel featured in a series of public-information videos, was also voiced by Cribbins in a number of television episodes of “Jackanory.”

Cribbins was born into a poor family in Oldham, northwest England, in 1928, and left school early to work as a stage manager and minor actor in provincial repertory theatre.


In the 1960s, he appeared in the comedy “Two-Way Stretch” alongside Peter Sellers; the 1966 “Doctor Who” spinoff “Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD”; the 1967 James Bond spoof “Casino Royale”; and Alfred Hitchcock’s final thriller, “Frenzy,” in 1972.

Comedic songs “Hole in the Ground” and “Right Said Fred” were two of his best-known successes. He also performed in numerous Carry On films and guest-starred on Fawlty Towers.

He is best known as Wilfred Mott, David Tennant’s companion on “Doctor Who,” which was resurrected in the early 2000s. While he participated in “Old Jack’s Boat” from 2013 to 2015, he also taped parts for an anticipated “Doctor Who” 60th anniversary special earlier this year.


Russell T. Davies, showrunner of “Doctor Who,” remembered Cribbins as a “great performer,” and praised his work.

It was an honour to have known him, Davies added. “My old soldier, I want to thank you for everything. The world has lost a legend.”

Her husband of 66 years had passed away last year.


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