His talent agency reported Bernard Cribbins’ death, an actor who appeared on “Doctor Who” and voiced the British children’s sitcom “The Wombles.” He was 93 years old. “Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is without question,” his agency said in a statement. “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.”
With a career spanning six decades, Cribbins spent many of those years in children’s programming. Reintroduced to a new generation of fans in the long-running British series “Doctor Who” as David Tennant’s time-traveling companion Wilfred Mott. Russell T. Davies, creator of “Doctor Who,” paid tribute to Cribbins on Instagram on Thursday.
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“I’m so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world,” Davies wrote.
Cribbins served in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment as a Private before becoming an actor. He visited Palestine in 1947 while youth and distinctly recalls hearing gunshots and seeing fireworks. He was moved when he learned that Davies later used a sequence from “Doctor Who” to honor Cribbins’ memory.
“It was almost verbatim of what I’d said, two or three months before,” Cribbins recalled in 2013. “That’s Russell putting his finger on things.”
As Wilfred, he made his second appearance in a “Doctor Who” project, playing the part from 2007 to 2010. When Peter Cushing was playing the Doctor in 1966, he appeared as a companion to him in a cinematic version of the show.
Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93. From the Wombles to Wilf in Doctor Who he entertained generation after generation. A genuine national treasure #RIPBernardCribbins pic.twitter.com/PrwxKv6kpJ
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) July 28, 2022
In the early 1960s, he created a name for himself in the music industry by producing comic songs like “Hole in the Ground” and “Right Said Fred.” The Wombles, a 1970s children’s television series, was one of the many projects for which he provided his expressive voice, and it was one of his most remembered performances in adult works, such as John Cleese’s sitcom and Alfred Hitchcock’s second-to-last film.
Orinoco, the lead singer of the Wombles’ music ensemble, is his favorite Womble, he said. “Children are a very good and very perceptive audience,” he said in 2018 to the British newspaper Daily Mirror. “It’s extremely gratifying — if you can shut them all up.”
“The Railway Children,” a film named one of the best in British film history by the BBC, and “Jackanory,” a television series in which he read books to young audiences, were also among his other notable roles, according to the BBC.
Looking into the lens and talking to one child is all it takes,” he explained in 2009 about his “Jackanory” work. “And you pull them in. And it works!” In 2009, he earned a BAFTA Special Award for his contributions to children’s media. The statuette was described as “frightfully heavy” by him. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily