Bernard Cribbins, ‘Doctor Who’ star, dies at 93

Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins died at the age of 93, his agent said.

Cribbins’ glittering on-screen career spanning more than seven decades saw him star in “Doctor Who” and the hit 1979 film, “The Railway Children,” to name a few.

The news of his death was announced on Thursday in a statement from his agency on social media.

“He worked well into his 90s and recently appeared in Doctor Who and the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat,” wrote his agency, Gavin Barker Associates. “He lost his 66-year-old wife, Gill, last year.”

“Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is indisputable,” the statement continued. “He was unique, typical of the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”

Cribbins rose to fame after becoming the narrator of the popular British children’s program ‘The Wombles’.

The actor was known to generations of children after he played station porter Albert Perks in ‘The Railway Children’.

He landed the recurring role of Wilfred Mott in “Doctor Who” alongside Catherine Tate.

Cribbins in the 1966 movie "Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 AD"
Cribbins in the 1966 movie “Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 AD”
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Former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies led the tribute, writing, “I am so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world.”

Cribbins also played Dr. Who’s companion Tom Campbell in the 1966 film “Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 AD”. He returned 41 years later to reprise the role in the reboot.

The actor died at the age of 93.
The British actor died at the age of 93.
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His other on-screen appearances include ‘Two-Way Stretch’, ‘She’ and the 1967 version of ‘Casino Royale’ in the James Bond film franchise, where he played a taxi driver.

He also appeared in some episodes of the hit ABC TV series, “The Val Doonican Show,” which ran from 1975 to 1986.

But acting was not his only skill.

Cribbins made a well-known name for himself in the music world, enjoying a number of hit records, including ‘Hole In The Ground’ and ‘Right Said Fred’, both of which reached the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.

Cribbins in the hit ABC TV series, "The Val Doonican show."
Cribbins on the hit ABC TV series ‘The Val Doonican Show’.
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In 2018, he published a book about his life in show business entitled “Bernard Who? 75 years of doing absolutely everything.”

“Do your best and be thankful for every job,” he wrote.

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