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Actor Who Played Tinky Winky In The Teletubbies Dies Aged 52

Actor Who Played Tinky Winky In The Teletubbies Dies Aged 52

The actor who played the part of Tinky Winky in the Teletubbies has died at the age of 52.

Simon Shelton Barnes, a father-of-three, played the purple character who famously carried a handbag.

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He was the uncle of Inbetweeners actress, Emily Atack. She announced the news on her Instagram, writing: "My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly. The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever. X"

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

His son, Henry, posted on Facebook: "I lost my lovely dad on Wednesday, he was the kindest and most gentle man I knew and I love him more than anything!!!!

"I always used to be embarrassed as a child that he was a dancer and an actor but now I couldn't be more proud! He is in a better place now and I know he wouldn't want me to be sad, so I'm going to live my life the way he would want me to."

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Instagram

Topics: News, Celebrity News

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

 

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