Much-loved actor Bernard Cribbins — the voice and face of childhood TV and film for generations of Britons — has died at the age of 93, 메리트카지노 it was revealed today — just months after his beloved wife of almost 70 years passed away.

The death of the British star, who was in many Carry On films, Fawlty Towers, Doctor Who, narrated The Wombles, Jackanory and was in the classic 1970 film adaptation of The Railway Children, has devastated friends and fans.

Returning Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies led the tributes today and declared ‘a legend has left the world’.Last October the star was heartbroken when his wife Gillian, who he married in 1955, died. Mr Davies said: ‘He loved Gill with all his heart; he mentioned her in every conversation we ever had’, calling it a ‘love story for the ages’. 

The couple walked down the aisle a year before his breakthrough in a TV adaptation of David Copperfield.They lived in Surrey but had no children having suffered the heartbreak of a series of miscarriages. 

Bernard said his work on children’s TV and films, especially The Railway Children and Jackanory, gave him ‘a very warm feeling to think of all those who watched it as a child’, and helped him cope with the sadness of not being able to have their own. He said of The Railway Children as he marked his 75th year in showbusiness in 2018: ‘If you don’t shed a tear when she shouts, ‘Daddy, my daddy’ you’re made of wood.I always well up when I watch it’.

In an Instagram post Russell T Davies said his friend was as comfortable doing comedy as he was doing sci fi and Shakespeare, revealing Bernard would often turn up on set with a suitcase of props to make the crew laugh including his favourite rubber chicken and regale them with stories about friends from The Beatles to Kylie Minogue and Ashley Banjo.

Oldham-born Mr Cribbins, whose mother was a cotton weaver and father was a ‘champion clog fighter’, became one of the most versatile and popular entertainers of his generation, managing to be a favourite on children’s TV while also starring in the bawdy Carry On films.  He worked on CBeebies until recently and was due to appear in the new series of Doctor Who next year after filming for a 60th anniversary show with former Time Lord David Tennant, who was seen pushing him in a wheelchair through north London with Catherine Tate on May 16.

A statement from Gavin Barker Associates, his agents, 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, 메리트카지노주소 and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.’  

Mr Cribbins, a friend of The Beatles and numerous megastars including David Niven and Peter Sellers, recently put his long life and career down ‘good luck and genes’. He was still playing five-a-side football well into his late 80s.And when he turned 90 he said: ‘It’s just a number’ and insisted he would never retire. He joined the Old Rep in Birmingham aged just 14 and enjoyed a 79-year career in showbusiness aside from a spell in the Parachute Regiment after the Second World War.

In later life, he beat prostate cancer and survived triple heart bypass surgery in 1997.He also suffered a spinal injury that left him unable to walk long distances. This is why his much-loved CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat was filmed with him sat down telling stories of the sea that enthralled young viewers.

Bernard Cribbins, pictured with his wife Gillian, who passed away last year, has died aged 93

Bernard Cribbins, pictured with his wife Gillian, who passed away last year, has died aged 93

David Tennant and Catherine Tate return to Dr Who alongside Bernard Cribbins in what is believed to be the last photo of Bernard Cribbins on May 16 as he reprised his role as Wilf

David Tennant and Catherine Tate return to Dr Who alongside Bernard Cribbins in what is believed to be the last photo of Bernard Cribbins on May 16 as he reprised his role as Wilf

Cribbins, who starred as Wilfred Mott in the sci-fi programme from 2007 to 2010, was remembered by Russell T Davies on Instagram as "an old soldier" and 'legend'

Cribbins, who starred as Wilfred Mott in the sci-fi programme from 2007 to 2010, was remembered by Russell T Davies on Instagram as ‘an old soldier’ and ‘legend’

Bernard Cribbins as 'Wilf' in the 2009 episode of Doctor Who; 'The End of Time, Part One', alongside David Tennant

Bernard Cribbins as ‘Wilf’ in the 2009 episode of Doctor Who; ‘The End of Time, Part One’, alongside David Tennant

Mr Cribbins, pictured in 2018, worked into his 90s and put his long life down to 'good luck and genes'

Mr Cribbins, pictured in 2018, worked into his 90s and put his long life down to ‘good luck and genes’

Mr Cribbins in the much-loved film adaptation of the Railway Children. He and his wife were not able to have children but he said his work on this movie and other hits helped him cope with the grief

Mr Cribbins in the much-loved film adaptation of the Railway Children. He and his wife were not able to have children but he said his work on this movie and other hits helped him cope with the grief 

Bernard was a celebrated comic actor, pictured left measuring Barbara Windsor's chest in Carry on Spying in 1964

Mr Cribbins in the 1963 hit Carry on Jack

Bernard was a celebrated comic actor, pictured left measuring Barbara Windsor’s chest in Carry on Spying in 1964 and right in the 1963 hit Carry on Jack

Bernard with John Cleese in Fawlty Towers where he played an obnoxious spoon salesman that Basil wrongly believed was a hotel inspector

Bernard with John Cleese in Fawlty Towers where he played an obnoxious spoon salesman that Basil wrongly believed was a hotel inspector

1958: Bernard Cribbins during a performance of the musical 'Harmony Close' at Hammersmith's Lyric Theatre

1958: Bernard Cribbins during a performance of the musical ‘Harmony Close’ at Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre

Bernard Cribbins poses with his Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal after receiving it during an Investiture ceremony with Princess Anne at Windsor in 2011

Bernard Cribbins poses with his Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal after receiving it during an Investiture ceremony with Princess Anne at Windsor in 2011

Despite mobility problems, the actor continued to work into his 80s and 90s. Here with Salty in Old Jack's Boat, the much-loved CBeebies show

Despite mobility problems, the actor continued to work into his 80s and 90s.Here with Salty in Old Jack’s Boat, the much-loved CBeebies show

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies remembered him as his ‘old soldier’ who he ‘loved’, a sentiment shared by the people who worked with him.

Alongside a picture of the veteran actor with his face poking through the hole of a fake brick wall, he wrote: ‘Bernard Cribbins (1928-2022) I love this man. I love him.That’s him as Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

1947: The actor volunteered for The Parachute Regiment in after being called to the Army for national service after the Second World War

1947: The actor volunteered for The Parachute Regiment in after being called to the Army for national service after the Second World War

‘D’you fancy doing some Shakespeare, Bernard?

‘Let me see the script.’ He knew everyone! He’d talk about the Beatles and David Niven, and how he once sat on the stairs at a party impersonating bird calls with TH White. Then he’d add ‘I said to Ashley Banjo last week…’ He loved being in Doctor Who.

He said ‘Children are calling me grandad in the street!’ His first day was on location with Kylie Minogue, but all eyes, even Kylie’s, were on Bernard.

‘He’d turned up with a suitcase full of props, just in case, including a rubber chicken. And what an actor.Oh, really though, what a wonderful actor. We once took him to the TV Choice Awards and sent him up on his own to collect the award, and the entire room stood up and cheered him. That’s a lovely memory. He’d phone up and say ‘I’ve got an idea! What if I attack a Dalek with a paintball gun?!’ Okay, Bernard, in it went!

‘He loved Gill with all his heart; he mentioned her in every conversation we ever had.A love story for the ages.

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

Actor Mark Gatiss has said ‘there was no one quite like’ Bernard Cribbins.Gatiss, a writer for Doctor Who in which Cribbins starred, tweeted: ‘There was no one quite like Cribbins.’

‘A gifted comic actor with an incredible seam of pathos and 우리카지노 real heart.

‘From Sellers to Star Turn, Wombles to Wilf.I once gushed to him about his lovely performance in Hammer’s She. That afternoon he was off to play 5 aside — aged almost 90’.

Born in Oldham, Cribbins was revered for his versatility and became a favourite with young audiences all over the country as the narrator of The Wombles, as well as for more than 100 appearances on the children’s favourite, Jackanory.

After appearing on stage for many years, Cribbins made his film debut in 1957’s Davy, before going on to work alongside some of British cinema’s biggest names in films such as Two-Way Stretch, She, Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD, the 1967 version of Casino Royale and Frenzy.

He also starred in several Carry On movies and had roles in TV favourites Coronation Street and the revamped Doctor Who.

Off-screen Cribbins enjoyed a successful musical career and had a number of hit records including 1962 comedy songs, Hole In The Ground and Right Said Fred, both of which reached the UK singles chart top 10.

Arguably one of the roles he is most famous for was as station porter Albert Perks in The Railway Children, released in 1970.

The film adaptation of E Nesbit’s book chronicles the adventures of three children forced to move from London to Yorkshire after their father is imprisoned for being falsely accused of selling state secrets.

The film also starred a young Jenny Agutter and famously featured the tear-jerking moment at the film’s climax when Agutter’s character cries ‘daddy, my daddy’ as they are reunited on a train platform.Cribbins played the station porter Albert Perks.

In 2011 he received an OBE for services to drama for his long career. Speaking at the investiture ceremony, he said providing the voices of characters such as Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory and Orinoco was simple because of how The Wombles was written.

1958: Bernard Cribbins in a scene from 'Lady At The Wheel', a musical comedy playing at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

1958: Bernard Cribbins in a scene from ‘Lady At The Wheel’, a musical comedy playing at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

Mr Cribbins, pictured in 1960, starred in hundreds of TV shows and films in an extraordinary career

Mr Cribbins, pictured in 1962, starred in hundreds of TV shows and films in an extraordinary career

Mr Cribbins, pictured left in 1960 and right in 1962, starred in hundreds of TV shows and films in an extraordinary career 

1970: Bernard Cribbins with actresses, Sally Thomsett (left) and Jenny Agutter, filming The Railway Children on location

1970: Bernard Cribbins with actresses, Sally Thomsett (left) and Jenny Agutter, filming The Railway Children on location

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