The Railway Children’s Actor Bernard Cribbins Has Died Aged 93

The Railway Children’s Actor Bernard Cribbins Has Died Aged 93

Bernard Joseph Cribbins OBE has died aged 93, it has been confirmed by his agent. Known for playing a huge range of iconic roles including Albert Perks in the children’s classic The Railway Children Cribbins has had a career that has spanned seven decades.

Other notable roles include Dr Who in which he played Tom Campbell the Doctor’s companion in the 1966 film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D and Wilfred Mott, the grandad of Catherine Tate’s Donna Character.

He was also featured in famous Director Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy in 1722 and as a pretentious hotel guest Mr Hutchinson in the hugely popular sitcom Fawlty Towers in 1975.

A statement from 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.”

They added: “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.”

He has also played his part in many childhoods including The Railway Children as he narrated the children’s programme The Wombles from 1973 – 1975 and more recently he played the title role in the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat (2013–2015).

He received an OBE back in 2011, where he was honoured for services to drama.

Watch this amazing tribute to the actor below:

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