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Bernard Cribbins


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Oldham, Lancashire (1928 – present)

Bernard Cribbins (born 29 December 1928 in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English character actor and musical comedian. Early in his career, he released a number of comedy records, including “Right Said Fred” — in which a group of workmen struggle to move a large unspecified object, possibly a piano — and “Hole in the Ground”.

Appearing in many British films, including three Carry On films, the second Doctor Who film and The Railway Children, Cribbins was also the narrator of the British animated children’s TV series The Wombles, a BBC radio adaptation of The Wind in the Willows and many episodes of Jackanory. Other television appearances included Fawlty Towers as the spoon salesman Mr Hutchinson, in the episode “The Hotel Inspectors” (1975).

Later television appearances include playing Wally Bannister in the long running UK soap Coronation Street, also appearing in Doctor Who for the Christmas episode 2009 as Wilfred Mott, alongside actor David Tennant.


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