ONE OF A KIND Who was Bernard Cribbins and what was his cause of death?.
BELOVED actor and fan favourite from Doctor Who, Bernard Cribbins has died aged 93.
Cribbins worked in the TV industry for seven decades and rose to fame in The Railway Children, becoming a household name across the country.
Acting legend Bernard Cribbins was born on December 29, 1928, in Oldham, Lancashire. He grew up close to poverty with his mother Ethel, father John, and two siblings.
At the age of 13, Cribbins left school and became an assistant stage manager, taking on small acting roles.
He went on to become an apprentice at the Oldham Repertory Theatre before beginning his National Service with the Parachute Regiment in 1947.
On Thursday, July 28, 2024, Cribbins died at the age of 93.
His agent announced his passing in a statement, which acknowledged his long career and service to children’s television.
Gavin Barker Associates said: “Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93.”
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.”
Cribbins’ cause of death has not been made public.
Reunited with the wife he treasured so dearly: Doctor Who and The Railway Children star Bernard Cribbins died aged 93 just months after death of his beloved wife of 66 years Gillian who he ‘mentioned in every conversation he had’
Cribbins is also remembered by a generation of children as the narrator of the Wombles, from 1973-75 – although the series was endlessly repeated for decades afterwards meaning its legacy far outlived its short run. His dulcet tones meant he was a perfect fit for the BBC’s storytelling show, Jackanory, on which he appeared more times than any other reader, 114, between 1966 and 1991. He also appeared in 11 episodes of Coronation Street in 2003 as Wally Bannister.
Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93. The actor, comedian and singer is perhaps best known in recent years for his recurring role in Doctor Who alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate, but has been a regular feature on our screens since his TV debut in the 1956 version of David Copperfield.
Cribbins, who was born in Oldham, appeared in numerous films – including Carry on Jack and Carry on Columbus, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy. He first entered the Doctor Who universe in the film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. alongside Peter Cushing in 1964, before returning for the series revival in 2007 as a different character, Wilfred Mott.