Bernard Cribbins

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Bernard Joseph Cribbins Born 29 December 1928, Derker, Oldham, Lancashire, England Died 27 July 2022

Was an English character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian with a career spanning over half a century who came to prominence in films in the 1960's, had been in work consistently since his professional debut in the mid 1950's, and remained an active performer.

Cribbins served an apprenticeship at the Oldham Repertory Theatre, taking a break during his years of study to undertake National Service with the Parachute Regiment in his late teens

Cribbins made his first West End theatre appearance in 1956 at the Arts Theatre playing the two Dromios in A Comedy of Errors and co-starred in the first West End productions of Not Now Darling, There Goes the Bride and Run For Your Wife. He also starred in the revue An' Another Thing, and recorded a single of a song from the show entitled "Folksong". In 1962 he recorded two highly popular and well-remembered comic songs, "Right Said Fred" (in which a group of workmen struggle to relocate what would seem to be a piano) and "Hole in the Ground" (in which an embittered workman murders a bowler-hatted harasser).

Cribbins appeared in films from the early 1950's, his credits include three Carry On films, the second Doctor Who film Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD, and as the station porter, Perks, in The Railway Children (1970). He returned to the revival Doctor Who series as Wilfred Mott alongside David Tennant. He was the narrator of the British animated children's TV series 'The Wombles', as well as Simon in 'The Land Of Chalk Drawings'. He also narrated a celebrated BBC radio adaptation of 'The Wind in the Willows' and provided the voice of the Tufty character in RoSPA road safety films in the 1960's. He was the reader in more episodes of 'Jackanory' than any other person, with a total of 114 appearances. Other television appearances included 'Fawlty Towers', as the spoon salesman Mr. Hutchinson (mistaken by Basil Fawlty for a hotel inspector) in the episode "The Hotel Inspectors" (1975).

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Bernard Joseph Cribbins (29 December 1928 – 27 July 2022) was an English actor and singer whose career spanning nearly eight decades. During the 1960s, Cribbins became known in the UK for his successful novelty records "The Hole in the Ground" and "Right Said Fred" and for his appearances in comedy films including Two-Way Stretch (1960) and the Carry On series. His other screen roles include the astronaut Vincent Mountjoy in The Mouse on the Moon (1963), Albert Perks in The Railway Children (1970), the barman Felix Forsythe in Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy (1972) and the pretentious hotel guest Mr Hutchinson in the Fawlty Towers episode "The Hotel Inspectors" (1975). On television, he was a regular and prolific reader for the BBC series Jackanory from 1966 to 1991, he narrated the children's programme The Wombles (1973–1975) and he played the title role in the CBeebies series Old Jack's Boat (2013–2015). In the 1966 film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., Cribbins portrayed Tom Campbell, a companion to Dr. Who. 41 years later, he began appearing in the revival series of Doctor Who as Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of regular companion Donna Noble and a temporary companion to the Tenth Doctor. He made his final appearance posthumously in the 60th anniversary special "Wild Blue Yonder" (2023).