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‘Doctor Who’, ‘Wombles’ star Bernard Cribbins dies aged 93

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Cribbins’ agent confirmed the actor’s death to Variety on Thursday and in a statement to Deadline.

July 28 (News) — Bernard Cribbins, a British actor who narrated the popular British children’s show The women and played along Doctor Whodied at the age of 93.

“Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93,” the statement said. “His career spanned seven decades with work as diverse as that of films such as The train kids and the Continue series, hit ’60s song “Right Said Fred,” a notorious guest on FawltyTowers and tell The women.”

“Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is unquestionable. He was one of a kind, embodied the best of his generation and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him,” the statement added.

Born in Oldham, UK, Cribbins began his career performing in London’s West End theater district in the 1950s and 1960s.

His film career spanned the second half of the 20th century, with roles in British classics such as The Family Film The train kids 1970 and Alfred Hitchcock’s rage 1972

Cribbins is also known for his work on the popular science fiction series Doctor Who.

He had his first start with the series in the 1966s Daleks invasion of Earth 2150 AD, one of the early films based on that Doctor Who Franchise.

Cribbins then appeared in the revived television series in the 2000s, popping up as a regular companion to The Doctor.

Cribbins was also known to a generation of British schoolchildren for his voiceover work on the BBC, particularly as narrator on the popular children’s programme The women from 1973 to 1975.

Cribbins, a BBC stop-motion series, voiced all of the show’s characters during its original run.

Cribbins had continued working through 2022, and recently did voiceover work for two podcasts: dr Who & The Daleks: The Official History of the Movies and The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Tales.

Tributes poured in from across Britain after news of his death

“Bernard was a truly wonderful actor whose work has been enjoyed by generations of children.” said the BBC. “We are all deeply saddened by his death.”

The official Doctor Who Twitter account said that Cribbins “leaves a long legacy in film and television.”

“I love this man. I love him,” said Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies on Instagram. “I’m so lucky to have known him. Thank you for everything, my old soldier.”

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