Roy Skelton, the actor best known for providing the voices of Zippy and George in childrens’ TV classic Rainbow, has died.
His daughter Samatha Skelton revealed today (June 8) that her father had passed away after suffering a stroke at his home in Brighton. He was 79.
Skelton also provided the voices for the Daleks in Doctor Who, as well as other villains from the show including the Cybermen and the Krotons.
Geoffrey Hayes, the human host of Rainbow, paid tribute to Skelton, telling the BBC: “He really brought Zippy and George to life through his voice,” adding that Skelton was “fabulous at improvising if something went wrong”.
Hayes added: “The most wonderful thing was if Zippy and George were having an argument between themselves, it sounded like he’d double-tracked it as they seemed to be talking over each other. It was a wonderful technique and I don’t know how he did it.
“Although he was known for Zippy and George he was actually a fabulous actor with a great singing voice and a wonderful raconteur – he used to tell us some wonderful stories.”
Skelton reprised the role of Zippy one last time in 2008 in an episode of BBC drama Ashes To Ashes.