FAVORITE Doctor Who actor and fan favorite Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93.
Cribbins worked in the television industry for seven decades and rose to fame in The Children of the Railroad, becoming a household name across the country.
Who was Bernard Cribbins?
Actor legend Bernard Cribbins was born December 29, 1928 in Oldham, Lancashire.
He grew up in poverty with his mother Ethel, father John and two siblings.
At 13, Cribbins left school and became an assistant director, playing small acting roles.
He then became an apprentice at the Oldham Repertory Theater before beginning his national service with the Parachute Regiment in 1947.
The actor became widely known in the 1960s with new records such as Right Said Fred and The Hole in the Ground.
His fame grew and he became a household name in the UK for his role on Doctor Who as well as other shows.
Cribbins was awarded an OBE for services to the dramatic arts in 2011 and had received a special award from the British Academy Children’s Award two years earlier.
He married Gillian McBarnet in 1955 and lived with her for many years in Weybridge, Surrey.
What caused the death of Bernard Cribbins?
On Thursday, July 28, 2022, Cribbins passed away at the age of 93.
His agent announced his passing in a statement acknowledging his long career and service to children’s television.
Gavin Barker Associates said: “Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93.”
They added: “Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is undeniable.
“He was unique, representing the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and working with him.”
Cribbins’ cause of death has not been released.
Who did Bernard Cribbins play in Doctor Who?
The much-loved child actor appeared in the long-running BBC series Doctor Who in two roles.
He originally played the Doctor’s companion in the feature film “Dalek Invasion of Earth A.D. 2150”, which aired in 1966.
While the films aren’t considered canon by modern Doctor Who fans, Cribbins’ role in Tom Campbell hasn’t gone unnoticed.
He returned to Doctor Who in the 2000s reboot as Wilfred Mott and quickly became a fan favorite.
Wilfred, known as Wilf, was the grandfather of Donna Noble’s companion, played by Catherine Tate.
Tate co-starred with 10th Doctor David Tennant and her storyline, along with her family, has made her one of the most beloved contemporary companions.
Wilf became a temporary companion in the 2009 Christmas and New Year episode “The End of Time”.
Cribbins is the only actor to have played the two companions, and the only person to have acted alongside the Daleks in both television and film.
In a 60th anniversary episode airing in 2023, Cribbins was supposed to return and the TARDIS became wheelchair accessible due to his appearance.
A TV insider said: “These modifications are not just a sign that times are changing, they are also related to some of the characters that will be introduced in the series.
“The wheelchair-bound Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott will return to the cast of the special, which airs next year with David Tennant and Catherine Tate.”
What else has Bernard Cribbins starred in?
For over seven decades. Cribbins has appeared in television and film.
He is best known for his portrayal of Albert Perks in The Railway Kids (1970), who was an amiable station porter.
Older viewers at the time would have seen him in various roles in the Carry On franchise.
Cribbins really shined on children’s television in the 70s, narrating and narrating all 60 episodes of The Wombles between 1973 and 1975.
Other notable performances include:
He reached chart stardom in 1962 with Hole in the Ground, Right Said Fred and Gossip Calypso.
Cribbins also lent his voice to the Paddington Bear albums in 1975.