Simon Shelton Barnes, a British actor greatest identified for his function as purple Teletubby Tinky Winky, has died on the age of 52.
Barnes’ niece, “Inbetweeners” actress Emily Atack, shared the information of her uncle’s passing on Instagram.
“My fantastic uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so abruptly. The kindest and most gifted man you might ever want to meet. Cherished by all who knew him, and can be endlessly. X”
The actor was additionally honored on the official “Teletubbies” Twitter web page.
“Very unhappy to listen to that actor Simon Shelton, who performed Tinky Winky within the late [’90s], has sadly handed away. Our ideas are together with his household and associates. Massive hugs.”
In accordance with the BBC, Barnes died on Jan. 17.
Barnes, a skilled ballet dancer and choreographer, joined the forged of the “Teletubbies” in 1998. He took over the function because the Tinky Winky after the unique actor was fired. Barnes’ Teletubby turned well-known for carrying the present’s magic bag till the collection led to 2001.
Actor John Simmit, who starred with Barnes because the inexperienced Teletubby, Dipsy, paid his respects to Barnes on Twitter.
“What per week! RIP Simon Shelton aka Tinky Winky: remembering the numerous good instances,” he wrote. “Relaxation straightforward.”
In a 2008 interview with the BBC, Barnes stated he was stunned by the success of “Teletubbies.”
“I didn’t know it could be as massive because it was, however I did know as quickly as I began engaged on it that it had one thing particular,” Barnes stated.
In accordance with the BBC, the unique “Teletubbies” was syndicated all over the world in additional than 120 nations in 45 languages.
Barnes is survived by his three kids and his spouse Emma Robbins.