‘Doctor Who’ star Bernard Cribbins dead at 93 – NBCNEWS

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Beloved British Actor Bernard Cribbins passed away at the age of 93. He is best known for his roles in the movie The Railway Children and doctor whoamong many other notable parts.

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In a statement to DeadlineCribbins’ agent confirmed his death: “Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away aged 93. His career spanned seven decades with such diverse work ranging from films like The Railway Children and the Continue series, hit 60’s song Right Said Fred an infamous guest on Fawlty Towers and telling The Wombs.The statement continued: “Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is indisputable. He was unique, typical of the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”


Cribbins was born in 1928 in Oldham, Lancashire, England. He has roles in many notable projects, including Alfred Hitchcock’s film of the 19’s pleasure. But he is perhaps best known for his role in the long-running British television series doctor whoin which he played Wilfred Mott, grandfather of Donna Noble, one of the Doctor’s many companions, and a fan favorite of the show’s rebooted run.

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Russell T Davieswho worked with Cribbins on doctor who, led the tribute to the British acting legend. In an Instagram post, Davies paid tribute to his friend, simply and solemnly declaring, “I love this man. I love him.” He went on,”[t]he’s him as Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” referring to the photo he posted of Cribbins, which shows him emerging from a cutout on a brick background. ‘He knew everyone! He would talk about the Beatles and David Niven.”

Davies went on to say how much Cribbins’ role in the beloved series was doctor who meant to him”[h]I loved being in Doctor Who. He said, ‘Kids call me Grandpa in the street!’” In his lavish statements, Davies shared many touching anecdotes about the actor, praising both his creativity and his kindness, a quality that certainly came through in his work, especially in the character of Wilfred Mott who still stands out among a very busy cast of supporting characters in doctor who.

Cribbins’ career spanned more than seven decades and included many outstanding roles in film, television and on stage. Cribbins’ wife, Gill, preceded him in death, having passed away last year. Below is Russell T Davies, a moving tribute to Cribbins. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.

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