Bedknobs and Broomsticks stars – murder-suicide, huge net worth and train driver

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    More than 50 years have passed since the release of the classic film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which remains cherished by audiences today.

    The Walt Disney movie starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson – which followed a group of children who go on an extraordinary and magical adventure – was unveiled in 1971.

    It went on to scoop an Oscar in the best special visual effects category and became a big success, remaining popular with children today.

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    The much-loved movie was also adapted for the stage, with a musical production premiering last year.

    As Walt Disney would've marked his 121st birthday on December 5, have a look at where some of the cast members are now.

    Angela Lansbury

    Angela wowed audiences with her portrayal of Eglantine Price, a somewhat reclusive woman who takes in a group of children from London in 1940.

    The actress passed away in October at the age of 96 after enjoying a glowing career, starring in television shows such as Murder, She Wrote and Little Women.

    She continued to have success on the silver screen with films such as The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Nanny McPhee and Mary Poppins Returns.

    Angela also had many stage roles and was married twice, having three children.

    She won a host of awards, including Tonys and an honorary Oscar and in 2014 she was made a Dame, saying at the time that she was "very proud" of the honour.

    At the time of her death, the actress was said to be worth a whopping $70million (£57m).

    Ian Weighill

    Bedknobs was Ian's only major screen outing.

    He has appeared on screen since he played Charlie, the eldest Rawlins child, but mainly as himself, starring in documentaries about the beloved kids film.

    Back in 2017 it was reported that the former child star was working as a train driver for Southwest Trains.

    Ian, Cindy and Roy, who played the three children in the film, reunited in 2016 on The One Show to mark 45 years since the movie.

    Cindy O'Callaghan

    Cindy won over film-goers as Carrie Rawlins, the little girl who mothered both of her brothers.

    The actress was in her early teens when she filmed Bedknobs and went on to have parts in shows like The Bill and Casualty.

    She also had a recurring role as Natalie Price's mum Andrea in EastEnders, appearing in a number of episodes between 1995 and 1999.

    However, in more recent years she has switched course and has qualified as a child psychologist.

    She said about her time on the film: "My overriding memory is how well we got on.

    "I don't remember us ever being naughty. It was a really professional engagement and Angela set the tone."

    Roy Snart

    Roy played Paul, the youngster member of the Rawlins family, and charmed viewers with his wide-eyed appeal.

    But while his performance went down a storm he didn't pursue acting as a career, with all of the kids in the film turning their back on showbiz after their appearances in the film.

    It has been reported that Roy is something of an entrepreneur and that he heads up an IT film.

    David Tomlinson

    David was well known when he was cast as Professor Emelius Browne as he'd already made a splash in 1964's Mary Poppins.

    He and Lansbury were said not to get on well during their time working together, with Tomlinson growing tired of Lansbury always "upstaging" him.

    During a tense shoot in California, he failed to hit it off with co-star Angela Lansbury who constantly upstaged him.

    His wife Audrey recalled: “Lansbury was terrified of him and made it very tough. He found it very awkward.”

    The actor went on to make projects such as The Water Babies and From Hong Kong With Love and had a few TV appearances in shows including Hawaii Five-O.

    He was married twice and had four sons, tragically losing his first wife Mary when she killed her two children in a murder-suicide incident in New York.

    Mary learned she could not take her two sons with her to join Tomlinson in England until WWII ended and so jumped off their hotel whilst holding their hands.

    In 2000 Tomlinson died aged 83 after suffering a stroke.

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