Bernard Cribbins

Bernard Cribbins


12/29/1928, Oldham, Lancashire, England

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Bernard was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1928 to John Edward and Ethel Cribbins. Bernard started acting at 14 with the Oldham Rep, and soon established himself on the stage before moving in to film and television. He briefly sojourned from acting to service in the Parachute Regiment.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bernard was part of a campaign launched in 2008 to encourage the making of more children's programming in the UK. It was launched by the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television.

    • Bernard holds the record for maximum number of appearances in children's story-telling series Jackanory, with 111.

    • One of his roles as Assistant Stage Manager in Repertory Theatre involved him finding a goat and bringing to the theatre on a bus.

    • Bernard was famous in the 1970s for narrating the children's road safety videos starring Tufty.

    • Bernard is a keen sport shooter, including clay pigeon, and in July 2008, attended the Game Fair, a charitable event at Blenheim Palace.

    • Bernard contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign (2008), which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity (The Neurofibromatosis Association).

    • Bernard's first West End appearance was in Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors, in 1956.

    • Bernard was placed in the top five of the Best Loved Children's TV voices, by readers of Underground Ernie Magazine in 2007.

    • Bernard had a hit single in 1962 with "Hole in the Ground".

    • He had a hit in the 60's with the song "Right Said Fred."

  • Quotes

    • (on the two Doctors he has worked with in "Doctor Who" - Peter Cushing and David Tennant)
      Bernard: Peter played the Doctor as an old fart. Working with David was so much more exciting. David's the governor when it comes to Doctor Who, I have to say.