Tim Pigott-Smith has died at the age of 70.
Tim Pigott-Smith has died at the age of 70.
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Tim Pigott-Smith, a veteran of the West End stage and a 2016 Tony Award nominee for his performance in Mike Bartlett's drama King Charles III, has died at the age of 70.

"It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad news that Tim Pigott-Smith died this morning," his agent, John Grant, said in a statement. "Tim was one of the great actors of his generation. 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. We ask that you respect the privacy of his wife, the actress Pamela Miles, and his son Tom and the family."

Pigott-Smith was currently in rehearsal for a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at Northampton's Royal and Derngate. The revival was delayed earlier this week because of an injury suffered by Miles, who was set to play Linda Loman to Pigott-Smith's Willy. He had recently completed filming the film adaptation of King Charles III, which is set to air on BBC Two next month and later this year in the United States.

His many other theatrical credits include Enron and A Delicate Balance. On-screen, his breakout role came in 1984 with The Jewel in the Crown. Additional appearances included Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, V for Vendetta, and Quantum of Solace.

Pigott-Smith was made an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours list for his services to drama.