Bernard Cribbins: Doctor Who and Wombles star dies aged 93


Beloved children’s TV actor and entertainer Bernard Cribbins has sadly died aged 93, according to his agent. He was best known for his roles as the narrator of The Wombles, Doctor Who and The Railway Children in the 70s.

Cribbins was born in Oldham on 29th December in 1928. He had a varied on-screen career, from TV, film and stage. Off-screen, Cribbins was well-known for his hit comedy songs. These include ‘Hole In The Ground’ and ‘Right Said Fred’, both of which reached the UK singles chart top 10.

His talent agency, Gavin Barker Associates said: “Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93. “His career spanned seven decades with such diverse work ranging from films like The Railway Children and the Carry On series, hit 60s song Right Said Fred, a notorious guest on Fawlty Towers and narrating The Wombles.

“He worked well into his 90s, recently appearing in Doctor Who and the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat. He lost his wife of 66 years, Gill, last year.

“Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is without question. 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.”

Rest in peace.

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