The British star was a children’s show legend in his country.
The beloved British entertainer Bernard Cribbins’ Doctor Who died at 93. His most famous role was as Albert Perks in “The Railway Children,” along with the “Carry On” films and an appearance on “Fawlty Towers.”
His agent confirmed Cribbins’ passing to EW.
He was born in England, and his career spanned seven decades. He began his career in theatre debuts, followed by appearances in children’s shows like The Wombles, the TV series Jackanory, and BBC’s Old Jack’s Boat.
Cribbins’ performance in the 1970s The Railway Children, playing Albert Perks, is widely considered the best British children’s film.
Aside from his work in comedy, he also recorded and performed music. Top 10 hits like “Hole in the Ground” and “Right Said Fred.”
Russell T. Davies paid tribute to Cribbins on Instagram.
“He’s the best,” Davies wrote alongside a photograph of the actor who plays Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “He said, ‘Children call me grandad on the street!'” Bernard was on location with Kylie Minogue, but all eyes were on him. Just in case, he had brought a suitcase full of props, including a rubber chicken. What a wonderful actor. What an amazing actor. He once collected an award on his own at the TV Choice Awards, and the entire room stood up and cheered him on. That’s a wonderful memory. I’ve got an idea,’ he’d say. Is it possible to attack a Dalek with a paintball gun?’ Okay, Bernard, in it went!… Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world.”