Tributes for Teletubbies star Simon
THE actor who played Tinky Winky in BBC children’s TV series Teletubbies has died aged 52 of hypothermia after collapsing in the street.
Simon Shelton Barnes, a dad-of-three from Ampthill in Beds, had trained as a ballet dancer and choreographer before taking on the role as the purple Teletubby who carried a ‘magic bag’ in the show from 1998 to 2001.
His flatmate Judith Tynan, who lived with him in Wirral, said: “I’m very floored at losing him, he was just the best company. He was just the best person to live with and we got on terribly well.”
Mr Barnes was the brother-in-law of Poldark actor Robert Daws and uncle of Inbetweeners star Emily Atack.
Emily, who played Charlotte Hinchcliffe in the E4 comedy, added: “My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us so suddenly.”
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