British actor Tim Pigott-Smith, best known for The Jewel in the Crown, has died aged 70.
His agent John Grant said “Much-loved and admired by his peers, he will be remembered by many as a gentleman and a true friend. He will be much missed.”
He appeared in numerous Shakespearean stage productions before his big break in 1984 drama The Jewel in the Crown, about the final days of the British Raj in India.
His other TV credits include roles in The Vice, Bloody Sunday, Downton Abbey and Doctor Who.
Film credits included Clash of the Titans, V for Vendetta and Quantum of Solace.
He was working on a TV film version of King Charles III, which imagines Prince Charles’s accession to the throne following the death of the Queen. It is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC Two later this year.
Pigott-Smith received Olivier and Tony Award nominations and an OBE earlier this year.
He was also was due to appear in a touring production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman on Monday.
Kevin Spacey, who was artist director at London’s Old Vic theatre for 11 years, tweeted: “Today a great actor left the stage. But more than that, a great man. A friend & one of the kindest I’ve ever known. RIP Tim Pigott-Smith.”