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Legendary actor Bernard Cribbins dies, aged 93

Legendary actor Bernard Cribbins dies, aged 93
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Doctor Who legend Bernard Cribbins dies at the age of 93, weeks after recording his final scenes for the show.

Bernard Cribbins, star of Doctor Who and narrator of The Wombles, has died today at the age of 93.

The actor and singer had a long and varied career stretching back to the 1950s, appearing in the Carry On films, Fawlty Towers and Coronation Street - and reaching the Top 10 in the singles chart twice in the 1960s.

A statement from his agent Gavin Barker Associates said: "His career spanned seven decades with such diverse work ranging from films like The Railway Children and the Carry On series, hit 60s song Right Said Fred, a notorious guest on Fawlty Towers and narrating The Wombles.

"He worked well into his 90s, recently appearing in Doctor Who and the CBeebies series Old Jack's Boat.

"He lost his wife of 66 years, Gill, last year.

"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."

Between 2007 and 2010 Cribbins appeared as Wilfred Mott in Doctor Who, a role he reprised just two months ago for a new special, which will be shown posthumously.

Who showrunner Russell T Davies wrote: "I'm so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world."

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