‘Doctor Who’ star Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93
The actor’s career lasted nearly seven decades.
Bernard Cribbins, a beloved British actor, died at the age of 93. He was best known for his roles in The Railway Children and Doctor Who, among many others.
Cribbins’ agent confirmed his death in a statement to Deadline: “Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93.” His career spanned seven decades, with work ranging from films such as The Railway Children and the Carry On series, to hit 60’s song Right Said Fred, to being a notorious guest on Fawlty Towers and narrating The Wombles.” “Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is without question,” the statement continued. He was one-of-a-kind, embodying the best of his generation, and he will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.”
Russell T Davies, who co-created Doctor Who with Cribbins, led the tribute to the British acting legend. Davies paid tribute to his friend in an Instagram post, writing simply and solemnly, “I adore this man. I adore him.” He went on, “[t]hat’s him as Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” referring to a photo of Cribbins that he posted, which shows him peeking out from a cut-out in a brick background. “He was familiar with everyone! He’d bring up the Beatles and David Niven.”
Davies went on to say how much Cribbins’ role in the popular television show Doctor Who meant to him “[h]e enjoyed his time on Doctor Who. ‘Children are calling me grandad on the street!’ he exclaimed.” Davies recounted many touching anecdotes about the actor in his effusive statements, praising both his creativity and kindness, a trait that definitely showed up in his work, particularly in the character of Wilfred Mott, who still stands out among a very crowded cast of supporting characters in Doctor Who.
Cribbins’ career spanned seven decades and included many memorable roles in film, television, and on stage. Cribbins was predeceased by his wife, Gill, who died last year. Russell T Davies’ touching tribute to Cribbins can be seen below. At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.