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Hampstead actor Tim Piggott-Smith dies at 70

Jewel In The Crown star hailed as a 'beautiful actor' and 'lovely man

04 April, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

JEWEL In The Crown star Tim Piggott-Smth has died aged 70, his agent said this evening.

The Bafta-winning actor, who lived in Hampstead, had been given an OBE in the last year’s honours and been to Buckingham Palace to collect his medal.

He was due to make an opening night appearance in Northampton on Monday evening in a touring production of Death Of A Salesman.

His agent John Grant said: “It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad news that Tim Pigott-Smith died this morning, 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, his son Tom and the family.”

Locally, Mr Piggott-Smith had got involved in several campaigns, often aimed at protecting Hampstead’s unique appearance. He sent an objection to the old police station in Rosslyn Hill being converted into a new school. Eddie Marsan said: “1st day on big film, full of nerves. #TimPigottSmith took me into his trailer & made us a pot of tea. Beautiful actor, lovely man. RIP.”

Kevin Spacey, who was artist director at London’s Old Vic theatre for 11 years from 2003, 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.”

Actor Eddie Marsan recalled on Twitter: “1st day on big film, full of nerves. #TimPigottSmith took me into his trailer & made us a pot of tea. Beautiful actor, lovely man. RIP,” while Se7en star Kevin Spacey added: “Today a great actor left the stage. But more than that, a great man. A friend and one of the kindest I’ve ever known.”

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