Bernard Cribbins, 92, has shared the news his wife Gillian died earlier today. The actor and comedian has been on screens for more than 70 years and is well known for appearing in Doctor Who, as well as the Carry On series and The Railway Children.
Bernard had been married to his wife since 1955 and they lived together in Surrey.
The actor shared the news Gillian had died earlier today via writer James Hogg.
He wrote on Twitter earlier today: “Bernard Cribbins has asked me to announce that his wife Gillian passed away earlier today.
“They were married in 1955 and were devoted to each other.”
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James then added: “When chatting about their wedding day for his autobiography he talked for hours and didn’t want the conversation to end. So sad.”
Bernard and his wife met when he joined the Oldham Repertory when she was an aspiring actress.
He shared in an interview back in 2018 how they could not have children.
Bernard told the Mirror: “We lost one quite early on and that was the only time we got near it.
“That was a long time ago now. It’s just one of those things and I consider myself very fortunate to have been given a job like Jackanory, which has been wonderfully popular and gives you a very warm feeling to think of all those who watched it as a child.”
Following the news of his wife’s death, many have paid tribute to her.
Tracy Whitwell wrote: “I met this beautiful man in 2014 and also didn’t want the conversation to end.
“I’m so sad and sorry for Bernard and the family. Much love.”
TTNeb added: “My condolences to him and his family. Bernard Cribbins has been on TV my entire life.
“So many great memories, including: Carry On Spying, Jackanory, Dr Who, The Railway Children, The Wombles.”
The Fourth Dimension wrote: “So sorry to hear this. Among the many things that came out of Bernard’s wonderful autobiography was how much he dearly loved his wife.
“My condolences to him and the rest of the family.”
Crossingham Family wrote: “Please pass our family’s sincere condolences to Mr Cribbins.
“A marriage of that length, with such strength and happiness must be the crowning glory of his life.”
Margybargy added: “Please tell him how much we love him.”