Paddy McGuinness and Samira Ahmed were among the stars wishing TV veteran Bernard Cribbins a happy 92nd birthday.
The actor, comedian and singer, born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, has recorded hit novelty records, appeared in films including Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy and the Carry On series, and narrated The Wombles.
He also holds the title as the only actor to have played two separate companions in Doctor Who, portraying Tom Campbell in 1966 before returning for the 2008 series as Wilfred Mott.
Happy birthday Bernard Cribbins. If you haven't already discovered his rather excellent albums, him talking about working with George Martin will convert you.. (first item from 1 min 45) https://t.co/2yNhDlwOXgpic.twitter.com/RDaEHHrySf
— Samira Ahmed (@SamiraAhmedUK) December 29, 2020
BBC presenter Ahmed urged her followers to delve into his musical back catalogue, some of which was recorded with Beatles producer Sir George Martin.
She tweeted: “Happy birthday Bernard Cribbins. If you haven’t already discovered his rather excellent albums, him talking about working with George Martin will convert you …”
— Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) December 29, 2020
Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness shared a joint message to Cribbins and Sir Billy Connolly, who on Monday marked his retirement from stand-up comedy with a special tribute programme on ITV.
The Scottish comic, known affectionately as The Big Yin, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and announced his decision to retire from live performance five years later.
Happy birthday amazing Bernard Cribbins OBE. Loved seeing him at Heritage lunches. Brilliant actor loved by the nation. Have a fabulous day. #BernardCribbins@bbcdoctorwho#TheRailwayChildren#CarryOn@itvcorrie#TheWombles#RunForYourWife@TheRayCooney#RightSaidFred@BBC@ITVpic.twitter.com/vEvff6yE0x
— Vicki Michelle MBE (@vickimichelle) December 29, 2020
Actress Vicki Michelle, best known as Yvette Carte-Blanche in ‘Allo ‘Allo!, wished him a “fabulous” day.
She said: “Happy birthday amazing Bernard Cribbins OBE. Loved seeing him at Heritage lunches. Brilliant actor loved by the nation. Have a fabulous day.”
A very happy birthday to Bernard Cribbins, who played Donna Noble's grandfather Wilf! 🎂 pic.twitter.com/6Rs4apa3UE
— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) December 29, 2020
The official Doctor Who account wished Cribbins a “very happy birthday”.
Happy 92nd birthday to our wonderful Old Jack himself – Bernard Cribbins OBE!!
Truly a children’s TV legend!
What do you most remember Bernard for?
— CBeebies Grown-Ups 🎉 (@CBeebiesHQ) December 29, 2020
CBeebies’s parenting Twitter account described Cribbins as a “TV legend” and shared a clip from the The Wombles, which he narrated in the 1970s.
The message said: “Happy 92nd birthday to our wonderful Old Jack himself – Bernard Cribbins OBE!! Truly a children’s TV legend! What do you most remember Bernard for?”