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Short Info

Date Of BirthFebruary 19, 1921
SpouseGillian Cribbins
FactHe is the only actor to appear in both the "Doctor Who" feature film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) and the revived television series, Doctor Who (2005).
PaymentsEarned £5,000 from Carry on Spying (1964)

Bernard Cribbins, OBE (born 29 December 1928) is an English character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian with a career spanning over seventy years. He came to prominence in films of the 1960s, and has been in work consistently since his television debut in 1955.

Cribbins was born in Derker, Oldham, Lancashire, the son of Annie Elizabeth (née Hartley) and Alfred Edward Cribbins, a textile mill worker. His mother was a local theatre actress. He started entertaining at an early age, mimicking his mother’s voice and doing impressions of her acting friends. He attended Royton and Crompton Secondary Modern School and joined a local dramatic society.

Cribbins made his television debut in 1955 in an episode of The Grove Family. He soon began to make regular appearances in various British television series, including The Avengers, Z-Cars, The Likely Lads and Doctor Who. He also had roles in films such as Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965), The Railway Children (1970) and The Omen (1976).

In the 1980s, Cribbins appeared in a number of children’s programmes, including The Wombles, Jackanory and Playdays. He also provided the voice of the character ‘Nursery Rhyme’, in the 1980s and 1990s BBC children’s series Look and Read. In 1993, he starred in the Yorkshire Television sitcom Haggard, playing the lead role of Henry Haggard, a man who is haunted by the ghost of his first wife.

Cribbins has been the voice of several characters in BBC children’s programmes, including ‘The Wombles’, ‘Nursery Rhyme’ in ‘Look and Read’, ‘Old Jack’ in ‘Old Jack’s Boat’ and ‘Grandad Dog’ in ‘Shaun the Sheep’. He has also provided voice-overs for many commercials, including those for ‘Hovis’ bread, ‘Kellogg’s Corn Flakes’ and ‘Tesco’.

In 2008, Cribbins was awarded the Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting. In 2009, he was awarded an OBE for services to drama.

Cribbins has been married twice. His first wife was actress Sheila Manahan, with whom he had two daughters. His second wife is actress Pauline Collins, with whom he has one son. Cribbins has four grandchildren.

Cribbins is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and of slim build. He has blue eyes and grey hair.

General Info

Full NameBernard Cribbins
Date Of BirthFebruary 19, 1921
Height1.78 m
ProfessionSinger, Voice Actor, The Hole in the Ground, Right Said Fred, Gossip Calypso
NationalityBritish, English


SpouseGillian Cribbins
ParentsJohn Edward Cribbins, Ethel Clarkson, The Hole in the Ground, Right Said Fred, Gossip Calypso


NominationsBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
MoviesDaleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., The Railway Children, Carry On Spying, Carry On Jack, Frenzy, The Wrong Arm of the Law, Two-Way Stretch, The Water Babies, Carry On Columbus, Casino Royale, The Mouse on the Moon, She, Blackball, Crooks in Cloisters, The Adventures of Picasso, Don't Raise the Br...
TV ShowsOld Jack's Boat, Jackanory, Edward and Friends, Cuffy, Shillingbury Tales, The Wombles, Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, High & Dry, Star Turn, Langley Bottom, Get The Drift

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Carry on Spying (1964)£5,000
Carry on Jack (1964)£5,000


1[on being awarded the OBE]: Gobsmacked! You can't go through life expecting to get prizes. You just get on with things, which is how it should be.
2I didn't actually audition. But when Jon Pertwee was leaving, the producer Barry Letts - who died quite recently - interviewed a lot of actors, one of whom was me. I went along and sat down and he said 'now then what can you do?' I said 'I'm a very good swimmer, I was a paratrooper, I could fight' - and he said 'Oh no, no fighting no, the Doctor is never seen fighting at all!' So Tom Baker became the next Doctor, and one of the first things I remember him doing was knocking somebody out. (On Doctor Who (1963))


1He is the oldest actor to have played a credited companion on ''Doctor Who''.
2Weybridge, Surrey, England [June 2011]
3He dates becoming a professional actor to January 4th 1943, when a local theatre producer talent-spotted him in a school play and offered him a job with Oldham Coliseum Rep.
4He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
5Favourite Carry On film is Carry on Jack (1964).
6Appeared with the Oldham Repertory Company, 1942-1943; with the Piccolo Players, Lancashire, UK; and with the Queen's Players, Hornchurch, UK during his early, vital years on stage.
7Son of John Edward and Ethel (Clarkson) Cribbins.
8He is the only actor to appear in both the "Doctor Who" feature film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) and the revived television series, Doctor Who (2005).
9Served in the Parachute Regiment, the British Army's airborne assault force.
10Was the narrator to the "Tufty" British Public Information Films of the 1970s
11He had success in the UK pop charts with 'Hole in the Ground' which reached nine, 'Right Said Fred' (10) and 'Gossip Calypso' (25) all in 1962.
12He became a student player with his local repertory company at the age of 14.




A Midsummer Night's Dream2016/ITV MovieSnout
Old Jack's Boat: Rockpool Tales2015TV Series shortOld Jack
New Tricks2015TV SeriesDCI Ronald Sainsbury
Old Jack's Boat2013-2015TV SeriesOld Jack
Salty's Waggy Tales2014TV Series shortOld Jack
Midsomer Murders2014TV SeriesDuggie Wingate
A Fantastic Fear of Everything2012The Voice (voice)
Run for Your Wife2012Hospital patient
Doctor Who2007-2010TV SeriesWilfred Mott
Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band: The Official BBC Children in Need Medley2009Video short voice
The Children's Party at the Palace2006TV SpecialStation Guard
Down to Earth2005TV SeriesFrank Cosgrove
Coronation Street2003TV SeriesWally Bannister
Barbara2003TV SeriesFrank
Last of the Summer Wine2003TV SeriesGavin Hinchcliffe
The Canterbury Tales2000TV SeriesCarpenter
Dalziel and Pascoe1999TV SeriesUncle Henry
Dennis the Menace1998TV SeriesKatzenburger
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game1997TV SeriesCaptain Hook
I, Lovett1993TV SeriesSnowman
Carry on Columbus1992Mordecai Mendoza
Tonight at 8.301991TV SeriesMr. Wadhurst
Bertie the Bat1990TV SeriesNarrator
Original Sylvanian Families1988Video shortNarrator (voice)
The Russ Abbot Show1988TV SeriesVarious Characters
Terry in Pantoland1988TV Movie
When We Are Married1987TV MovieHerbert Soppitt
Super Gran1987TV SeriesOfficer P. Brain
High and Dry1987TV SeriesRon Archer
Edward and Friends1987TV Series
Langley Bottom1986TV SeriesSeth Raven
Highway1985TV Series
Alice in Wonderland1985TV SeriesMock Turtle
The Good Old Days1983TV SeriesHimse;f - Performer
Moschops1983TV SeriesNarrator
Cuffy1983TV SeriesCuffy
Tales of the Unexpected1983TV SeriesCharlie Krebs
It's Your Move1982TV ShortNeighbour
Worzel Gummidge1981TV SeriesJolly Jack
Shillingbury Tales1981TV SeriesCuffy
Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective1981TV MovieDangerous Davies
Mind Your Own Business1981Short
The Plank1979TV ShortHouse painter
Jackanory1979TV SeriesBilbo Baggins
Play Safe1978/IShortRobin (voice)
The Adventures of Picasso1978Gertrude Stein / Narrator
The Water Babies1978Mr. Masterman / Voice of Eel
BBC Play of the Month1977TV SeriesPinchwife
Arrivano i mostri1977TV Mini-Series
Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings1976TV SeriesNarrator (voice)
Space: 19991976TV SeriesCaptain Michael
Jackanory Playhouse1976TV SeriesKing Ferdinand
Once Upon a Classic1976TV SeriesPyramid
Great Big Groovy Horse1975TV MovieThe Storyteller
Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton1975TV MovieNarrator (English version, voice)
The Wombles1973-1975TV SeriesNarrator
Fawlty Towers1975TV SeriesMr. Hutchinson
The Confederacy of Wives1975TV MovieMoneytrap
Ooh La La!1973TV SeriesPetypon
Frenzy1972Felix Forsythe
The Railway Children1970Albert Perks (as Mr. Bernard Cribbins)
Cribbins1969-1970TV Series
It's Tommy Cooper1970TV SeriesGuest - Doctor / Captain Smollett
Comedy Playhouse1962-1970TV SeriesJimmy Sampson / Arnold / Ambrose Twombly / ...
The Undertakers1969ShortMr. Rigor
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River1968Fred Davies
The Avengers1966-1968TV SeriesBradley Marler / Arkwright
Armchair Theatre1968TV SeriesHoneybone
A Ghost of a Chance1968Ron
Theatre 6251967TV SeriesLarry
Casino Royale1967Taxi Driver
Mr. Aitch1967TV SeriesNifty
Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.1966Tom Campbell
The Sandwich Man1966Harold - Photographer
The Bargain1965Short
Mogul1965TV SeriesChas Wilson
You Must Be Joking!1965Sgt. Clegg
Cup Fever1965Policeman
Cribbins1965TV Movie
A Home of Your Own1965The Stonemason
The Counterfeit Constable1964Bob, l'agent 202
Crooks in Cloisters1964Squirts
Carry on Spying1964Harold Crump
Drama 61-671964TV SeriesHenry Hutchins
Carry on Jack1964Midshipman Albert Poop-Decker
The Mouse on the Moon1963Vincent Mountjoy
The Wrong Arm of the Law1963Nervous O'Toole
BBC Sunday-Night Play1961-1962TV Mini-SeriesGhost of Sir Simon de Canterville Lord Fancourt Babberley
The Fast Lady1962Man on Stretcher (uncredited)
Winning Widows1962TV Series
The Girl on the Boat1962Peters
The Best of Enemies1961Col. Brownlow
Nothing Barred1961Newspaperman
Passport to China1960Pereira
The World of Suzie Wong1960Otis
Return to the Sea1960TV MovieHotel reception clerk
ITV Play of the Week1956-1960TV SeriesCpl. Pearce
International Detective1960TV SeriesPasquale
Interpol Calling1960TV SeriesSid
The Army Game1960TV Series'Peanuts' Perry
Two Way Stretch1960Lennie Price
Tommy the Toreador1959Paco
Make Mine a Million1959Jack
Theatre Night1959TV SeriesKiki Reger
Dunkirk1958Thirsty Sailor (uncredited)
Davy1958Stage Hand, Collins Music Hall (uncredited)
The Vise1957TV SeriesDriver
Battle Hell1957Sonar Operator / 1st Cribbage Player
David Copperfield1956TV SeriesThomas Traddles
The Black Tulip1956TV SeriesPrince's guard


Peters Bastelstunde1973TV Series 3 episodes


Blandings2014TV Series 1 episode
Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero2011Documentary performer: "Gossip Calypso"
Tommy the Toreador1959performer: "Where's the Birdie"


And It's Goodnight from Him: The Very Best of Ronnie Barker1996Video documentary thanks


Thank Your Lucky Stars1962TV SeriesHimself
Kingsley Amis Goes Pop1962TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Cranko at Work1960TV Short documentaryMember of the revue 'Now Cranks'
Parade1960TV SeriesHimself
From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children's TV2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Jackanory Storyteller
VE Day 70: A Party to Remember2015TV MovieHimself
Carry on Forever2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Carry On Spying / Himself - Carried On 1964-1992
Lorraine2015TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip2014TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Playhouse: Where It All Began2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Have I Got News for You2013TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty2013TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Bernard Cribbins OBE)
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor2013TV MovieHimself
Pointless Celebrities2013TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2008-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
12 Again2012TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2008-2012TV SeriesHimself
Arena2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Barbara Windsor: A Comedy Roast2011TV MovieHimself
Inside Wimbledon2010Video documentaryHimself
Greatest Christmas TV Moments2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bookaboo2010TV SeriesHimself
Would I Lie to You?2010TV SeriesHimself
BBC Look North: Yorkshire and North Midlands2010TV SeriesHimself
National Television Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The National Television Awards Backstage Live2010TV SpecialHimself
Doctor Who Confidential2007-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2009TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who Greatest Moments2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Fawlty Exclusive: Basil's Best Bits2009TV Movie documentaryHimself / Mr. Hutchinson
Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Sunday Night Project2009TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2008TV SeriesHimself
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Story of Jackanory2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
Children's TV on Trial2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fawlty Towers Revisited2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Morning2003TV SeriesHimself
The 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows2001TV SpecialHimself
I Love a 1970's Christmas2000TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love 1970's2000TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1971-1999TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Guest
What's a Carry On?1998TV Movie documentaryHimself, at Re-Union / 'Harold Crump' (uncredited)
Wipeout1998TV SeriesHimself
The Best of British1998TV SeriesHimself
Give Us a Clue1997TV SeriesHimself
And It's Goodnight from Him: The Very Best of Ronnie Barker1996Video documentaryHimself
Natural World1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Noel's Telly Years1996TV SeriesHimself
The Very Best of Sid James1996Video documentaryHimself
Pebble Mill at One1994TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
A Passion for Angling1993TV Series documentaryNarrator (1993) (voice)
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes1993TV SpecialHimself
Noel's House Party1991TV SeriesRegular
Jackanory1966-1991TV SeriesHimself - Storyteller / Himself - Reader / Himself - Storyteller - 'The Evil Magician'
Blankety Blank1980-1989TV SeriesHimself
Daytime Live1989TV SeriesHimself
Wogan1988TV Series
Treasure Hunt1988TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
The Good Old Days1973-1982TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Saturday Night at the Mill1981TV SeriesHimself
Looks Familiar1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHimself
Star Games1980TV SeriesHimself
It's a Knockout1979TV SeriesHimself
Star Turn1976-1978TV SeriesHimself - Host
Record Breakers1974-1976TV Series documentaryHimself
Those Wonderful TV Times1976TV SeriesHimself
Tell Me Another1976TV SeriesHimself
The Elstree Story1976TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Celebrity Squares1975TV SeriesHimself
The Golden Shot1975TV SeriesHimself
Cilla1974TV Series
Patrick, Dear Patrick an Evening with Patrick Cargill and His Guests1972TV MovieHimself
The Val Doonican Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Juke Box Jury1966-1967TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHimself
The 'She' Story1965Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion2014TV MovieWilf
The Destinations of Doctor Who2012TV Movie documentaryWilfred Mott (uncredited)
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters2010VideoWally Bannister
Would I Lie to You?2010TV SeriesHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2009TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who Confidential2008TV Series documentaryWilf
Carry on Quizzing2006Video GameMidshipman Albert Poop-Decker (uncredited)
Cilla in Black & White2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentary
Dalekmania1995Video documentaryTom Campbell
Arena1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The World of Hammer1994TV Series documentaryJob
Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis1993TV Movie documentaryTom Campbell (uncredited)
Laugh with the Carry Ons1993TV Series
'Doctor Who': Daleks - The Early Years1993Video documentaryTom Campbell (uncredited)
Clapper Board1979TV SeriesAlbert Perks
That's Carry On!1977Various Characters
Light Entertainment Killers1969TV MovieBradley Mahler
Highlight: The Singing Cinema1964


Nominated Awards

2010Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Guest Starring Role on TelevisionDoctor Who (2005)
1971BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Railway Children (1970)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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