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  • Roy William Skelton was an English actor and voice artist, whose voice was more familiar to television viewers than his name. Born in Oldham, he provided the voices for many characters on British television for nearly fifty years, particularly the characters of both Zippy and George on Rainbow, which the actor first joined in the early 1970s and performed on until it was axed in 1992. However, due to the fame of the characters, he continued to voice Zippy and George in guest appearances on television in series such as The Weakest Link and TV Burp until his death. As well as providing the iconic Rainbow voices, Skelton also voiced several Doctor Who villains including the Daleks, Cybermen and the Krotons. He started performing the Daleks in 1967 and notably performed in the Doctor Who specials The Five Doctors and The Curse of Fatal Death. In 2002, he guest-starred in Sarah Jane Smith: Test Of Nerve, an audio drama produced by Big Finish Productions. In February 2008, he appeared as both Zippy and George in the first episode of the BBC One series Ashes to Ashes.

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