Ipswich born presenter and actor, Brian Cant, 83, has died

Play School and Play Away presenter Brian Cant dies at 83

Play School and Play Away presenter Brian Cant dies at 83

The presenter and actor Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.

A statement from the family said: 'He lived courageously with Parkinson's disease for a long time'.

Play School was one of the BBC's most popular children's programmes - and Brian Cant was one of its longest serving presenters.

"Donations would be most appreciated to Denville Hall and the Actors" Benevolent Fund'.

Cant died at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.

From 1990-2003, Cant starred as Brian the farmer in the children's television puppet programme Dappledown Farm, and in 2010 he received the special award at the Children's BAFTAs for his work in children's television.

In Trumpton he voiced the famous fire-brigade roll call of "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb".

He was working for a BBC Schools drama on The Romans in 1964 when he heard that the BBC was holding auditions for presenters on a new programme aimed at pre-school kids, Play School, due to launch on the new station BBC Two.

Brian Cant appeared in two Doctor Who stories.

He also appeared on stage in theatre productions such as The Railway Children and The Canterbury Tales, as well as pantomimes.

Cant once said in an interview that he was surprised so many fans remembered him as a legend in children's television.

He married writer and director Cherry Britton in 1984 and they had three children.

Cant's fellow Play School presenter Derek Griffiths was among those to pay tribute.

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