Simon Shelton

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Simon Shelton
Born(1966-01-13)13 January 1966
Bethnal Green, London, England
Died17 January 2018(2018-01-17) (aged 52)
Liverpool, England
Cause of deathHypothermia
OccupationDancer, actor
Known forPlaying Dark Knight in Incredible Games (1994–1995) and Tinky Winky in Teletubbies (1997–2001)
Spouse(s)Emma Robbins

Simon Shelton (13 January 1966 – 17 January 2018), also known as Simon Barnes,[1] was an English actor best known for playing Dark Knight in the Incredible Games, and Tinky Winky in the BBC children's show Teletubbies (replacing the sacked Dave Thompson) from 1997 to 2001.

Early life[edit]

Shelton was born on 13 January 1966 in Bethnal Green, London.


Shelton played Dark Knight in Incredible Games from 1994 to 1995. Simon played Tinky Winky in the BBC children's show Teletubbies.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Shelton had three children, and lived in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.[1] He was the uncle of The Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack.[1]


He died on 17 January 2018 from hypothermia, four days after his 52nd birthday. He had a high concentration of alcohol in his system. He had a history of alcohol dependency.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Tinky Winky actor dies aged 53". 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018 – via
  2. ^ Gibb, Jessica (2018-04-06). "Actor behind Teletubbies' Tinky Winky killed by alcohol and hypothermia". mirror. Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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