Canadian-born actor Philip Gilbert, hired by J Arthur Rank to star in the British western The Singer Not the Song starring Dirk Bogarde and John Mills, died on January 6, aged 74.
His career relaunched in the seventies when he played the voice of the computer TIM in Thames Television’s rival to Dr Who, The Tomorrow People – the company’s most successful overseas seller after Edward and Mrs Simpson. The series ran to 70 episodes. It provided a later Doctor Who, Peter Davidson, with his television debut and included Pauline Quirke and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
In the eighties Gilbert, in partnership with his lifelong friend and fellow actor Freddie Eldrett, founded and developed the Prince Regent Theatre in Farnborough. Eldrett died in November and in the new year Phil slipped into a coma and died.
He is remembered with great affection by all who knew him.