AceShowbiz - Bernard Cribbins was said to have helped Sir Paul McCartney through his marital strife. At a party for their shared producer George Martin's 40th wedding anniversary, the actor and musician, whose death at the age of 93 was announced Thursday, July 28, reportedly cheered up The Beatles icon by performing his comedy hit "Right Said Fred".
The Times reported that McCartney, who had an infamously bitter divorce from Heather Mills two years after the 2006 party, had told Martin the event had made him "feel like a normal person again." Martin, who died at the age of 90 in 2016, was claimed to have replied, "That's nice, as there's loads of washing-up to do."
The anecdote emerged as it was also revealed Cribbins is expected to make a posthumous appearance in a "Doctor Who" special. He might yet star in the final role of his seven-decade acting career with a posthumous appearance on after being a recurring cast member on the BBC series.
Cribbins was spotted filming a "Doctor Who" 60th anniversary special months before his death and it was thought fans may be able to see this final footage when the planned program airs in 2023. The death of "The Wombles" and "The Railway Children" star was announced by his agent, promoting an outpouring of tributes to the TV veteran.
The BBC's "Doctor Who" team said the actor left a "long legacy", and the program's showrunner Russell T Davies added, "A legend has left the world." Mark Gatiss, who wrote episodes of "Doctor Who" featuring Cribbins as Wilfred Mott, said, "There was no one quite like Cribbins."
Cribbins first appeared in "Doctor Who" as a companion to the then Doctor, Peter Cushing, in the 1966 film "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD". He returned in 2007 in the recurring role of Wilfred Mott with former cast members David Tennant and Catherine Tate.
When he was photographed filming with the team in May 2022 ahead of a planned reunion in a 60th anniversary special, Cribbins was seen being pushed in a wheelchair by David towards the TARDIS. The BBC did not confirm what role the actor may be shown playing.
Cribbins' career spanned seven decades with diverse work from films including "The Railway Children" and the "Carry On" series, as well as hit 1960s song "Right Said Fred".