Tinky-Winky actor no more

ANI | Updated: Jan 24, 2018 07:39 IST

London [UK], Jan 24 (ANI): British actor Simon Shelton Barnes, best known for voicing Tinky-Winky in the popular BBC children's show Teletubbies, died on January 17. He was 52 years old.

His niece, Emily Atack, confirmed the news on Instagram on Tuesday.

"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," she wrote.

Barnes voiced the role of Tinky-Winky, the purple Teletubby from 1998 to 2001. He also played a role in the children's game show, Incredible Games, as the Dark Knight.

Teletubbies was a BBC educational television show for children that focused on four creatures with televisions on their abdomens, who played each day and did daily activities in Teletubbyland.

The programme was so popular that it reached a viewership of one billion children in more than 120 countries and was dubbed in 45 languages.

His co-star John Simmit, who voiced Dipsy, the green Teletubby, posted a tribute on Twitter saying, "What a week! RIP Simon Shelton aka Tinky-Winky. Remembering the many good times. Rest easy."

Barnes is survived by his wife and three children. (ANI)