Bernard Cribbins death: who was Doctor Who actor?

Wombles narrator and Right Said Fred singer Bernard Cribbins has died aged 93

British actor Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93, leaving behind an impressive body of work.

Cribbins’ agent Gavin Barker Associates released a statement this morning (July 28) confirming the veteran actor had died: “Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93.

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“His career spanned seven decades with work as diverse as films ranging from The Railway Children and the Carry On series, to the ’60s hit ‘Right Said Fred’, a notorious guest on ‘Fawlty Towers’ and the narration of The Wombles.”

Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93

The actor will be remembered by several generations of fans for various roles over the years, from The Wombles to Doctor Who.

Who Was Bernard Cribbins?

Cribbins was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1928 to Ethel, a cotton weaver, and John, a World War I veteran.

At the age of 13, Cribbins left school and began working at a theater club, where he first got involved in acting.

He began acting in the West End in the 1950s and made many screen appearances in several comedy films in the 1960s.

In 1962, Cribbins released the novelty song Right Said Fred, a novelty song about three moving men struggling with a difficult piece of furniture – the popular band took their name from the song.

He appeared in Doctor Who in several capacities, first in the 1960s and later during the New Who era of 2007-2010.

Bernard Cribbins on Old Jack’s boat

Cribbins was awarded an OBE for services to drama at the 2011 birthday honors.

Cribbins married Gillian McBarnet in 1955 and they were together for 66 years until her death in October last year. The couple had no children.

What was Bernard Cribbins in?

Cribbins was a prolific actor with more than 100 credits to his name – his first film role was as the Prince’s Guard in the 1956 television series The Black Tulip.

He has since appeared in The Long Arm of the Law opposite Peter Sellers, starred in three Carry On films and played Albert in The Railway Children.

His first role in Doctor Who was in the non-canon TV movie Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD, starring PC Tom Campbell alongside Peter Cushing’s Dr. Who played.

For many, Cribbins will always be remembered as the narrator on the 1973-1975 classic children’s show The Wombles.

He also had more than 100 appearances as The Storyteller on the children’s show Jackanory over a 30-year period.

Like all veteran British actors, Cribbins found his way onto Coronation Street where he played Wally Bannister in 12 episodes in 2003.

He played the title character in Old Jack’s Boat, a Cbeebies show about an old sea captain recounting his adventures on the open seas with his dog, Salty.

In 2007, he returned to Doctor Who to voice a character in an 8th Doctor audio drama. Later that year he played Wilfred Mott, grandfather of Donna Noble, alongside David Tennant’s 10th Doctor, appearing in 10 episodes between 2007 and 2010.

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies shared a tribute to Cribbins on Instagram following his death.

Cribbins was spotted filming in a wheelchair with David Tennant and Catherine Tate earlier this year and was expected to star in the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary special. It is not clear if this will still be the case.

How did Bernard Cribbins die?

It is not yet clear what the cause of Cribbin’s death was. The actor struggled with poor health, survived a triple heart bypass and beat prostate cancer.

When he was last seen filming in May this year, the star was in a wheelchair being pushed by David Tennant.