Brian Cant

Last updated 09 January 2020

Brian Cant (1933-2017)
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Brian Cant

Born: Wednesday 12th July 1933
Died: Monday 19th June 2017 (age: 83)


Brian Cant  is an English actor,television presenter and writer best know for his work on BBC children's programmes from the 1960s to the 1980s, including Play School, Play Away, Trumpton, Chigley, Camberwick Green and Bric-A-Brac. 

He appeared in two Doctor Who stories playing Kurt Gantry in The Nightmare Begins and Tensa in The Dominators

Born in Ipswich, he was performing in drama-based BBC TV Schools Programmes about the Romans when he heard that auditions were being held for Play School. He was cast as a presenter and first appeared on the third week in May 1964, and stayed with the programme for twenty-one years and appearing on the weekend spin off Play Away.

Aside from his work on children's television, Cant is also an established actor. He was one of the guest presenters used in the 1982 series of the game show It's a Knockout after Eddie Waring retired.

On 28 November 2010 Cant received the special award at the Children's BAFTAs for his work in children's television.

Additional Details

  • BBC News: Brian Cant, children's presenter dies at 83
  • News and Star: Play School presenter Brian Cant dies aged 83