Bernard acted in over 40 feature films between 1957 and 2018, appearing alongside John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Peter Sellers in British classics to contemporary films together with Jennifer Saunders, Emily Atack and Beatie Edmondson.

Bernard Cribbins and Sid James in 'Tommy The Toreador' film in 1959

The Railway Children

Possibly the single film the Boomer generation will remember Bernard for; The Railway Children, a 1970 British family drama film. His good friend Lionel Jeffries (whom he appeared with in the Ealing comedy Two Way Stretch in 1961) wrote the screenplay from Edith Nesbit’s book and cast Bernard as Mr Perks the Station master. Proud and irrepressible, amongst the standout scenes of the movie is his standoff with the charity the children offer.

In 2021, Bernard performed a monologue for Radio 4 called “The Saving of Albert Perks” which updated the story to coincide with a TV dramatization.