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Actor Tim Pigott-Smith Dead At 70

| by Sheena Vasani

Famous British actor Tim Pigott-Smith passed away on April 7 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," said Pigott-Smith's agent, John Grant, The Telegraph reports. "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."

In 2016, Pigott-Smith won critical acclaim for playing th role of Prince Charles in the play "King Charles III," for which he received both Olivier and Tony award nominations, The Washington Post reports.

"Pigott-Smith rules the roost, though, giving the understated performance of his career," wrote The Telegraph's theater critic, Dominic Cavendish.

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Pigott-Smith again played Prince Charles in the play's TV adaptation, which will be broadcast in May.

The actor rose to fame after for his award-winning performance as a police superintendent in the 1980s TV series "The Jewel in the Crown."

"That's the one that changed my life, a long time ago now, 1984, just in terms of a life experience and a job experience, quite phenomenal," Pigott-Smith said of the role. "It really was an international event, it went everywhere."

Since then, Pigott-Smith has played a variety of roles, starring in "V for Vendetta," "Downton Abbey," "Doctor Who," "Bloody Sunday" and "Quantum of Solace."

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Pigott-Smith is survived by his wife, actress Pamela Miles, and his son, Tom.

Many actors took to Twitter to express their grief over Pigott-Smith's passing.

"So very sad to hear that Tim Pigott-Smith has passed away," actor and writer Mark Gatiss posted on Twitter. "A lovely man and a wonderful actor. My thoughts with Pam and the family. RIP."

"So sad to hear that Tim Pigott-Smith has passed away," added actor James Purefoy, also on Twitter. "A truly lovely actor, a great company man and a real gentleman. I'm going to miss him."

"So sad about Tim Pigott-Smith," tweeted director and actor David Morrissey. "A wonderful actor and a really lovely man. RIP."

Fans worldwide are also mourning Smith's death, many of them responding with shock to Gatiss' and Morrissey's tweets.

"Dreadful news," tweeted one fan. "A really good actor who enthralled me on many occasions."

"I met him again when I did my O'level drama project on him," a second person said. "A most generous and thoughtful gentleman. I shall miss him."

"Such upsetting news," chimed in another fan. "Really good actor, so powerful and un-showy. Great Lear!"

Sources: The Washington Post, The Telegraph (2), Mark Gatiss/Twitter, James Purefoy/TwitterDavid Morrissey/Twitter / Photo Credit: REX/Shutterstock via Hollywood Life

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