Dalek voice actor Roy Skelton dies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 June 2011
Roy Skelton

Roy Skelton

Voice actor Roy Skelton - known for his work on 'Doctor Who' and 'Rainbow' - has died of a stroke at the age of 79

'Rainbow' voice actor Roy Skelton has died at the age of 79.

The star - who is best known for voicing TV puppets Zippy and George in the ITV children's show for 20 years - passed away after suffering a stroke earlier today (08.06.11), his daughter Samantha Skelton has confirmed to BBC News.

With a TV career spanning almost 50 years, Roy also provided voices for BBC sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' from 1967 to 1988, most notably for the time-travelling titular character's arch enemies the Daleks, as well as the evil Cybermen and the Krotons.

In 2002, the actor - who is also the father of former 'Blue Peter' presenter Helen Skelton - guest-starred as James Carver in 'Doctor Who' spin-off 'Sarah Jane Smith: Test of Nerve' alongside the late Elisabeth Sladen, who died in April after losing her long battle with cancer.

Most recently, Roy reprised his role as Rainbow's Zippy for a one-off appearance in BBC One mind-boggling police drama 'Ashes to Ashes'.

The voice actor recently explained he always tried to bring a "happy energy" to his work.

He said: "I've been very lucky, but I hope I have brought a certain happy energy to my work. I suppose I have a voice that can grab and colour a character in, I hope, an exciting way.

"I have been very lucky because I have always been doing a job that gave me so much pleasure."

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