Tributes paid to Teletubbies actor Simon Shelton

Tributes paid to Teletubbies actor Simon Shelton

Tributes have been paid to actor Simon Shelton, best known for playing purple Teletubby Tinky Winky, following his death at the age of 52.

Actress Emily Atack said her “wonderful uncle” had been “taken so suddenly” and was “the kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet”.

Shelton took over the role of handbag-carrying Tinky Winky after original actor Dave Thompson was sacked in 1997.

Other roles included The Dark Knight in children’s TV show Incredible Games.

According to the actor’s son Henry, Shelton – who was also known as Simon Barnes – died on 17 January.

The original Teletubbies ran on the BBC from 1997 to 2001 and spawned a number one single, called Teletubbies say ‘Eh-oh!’, in December 1997.

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Published at Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:10:44 +0000