Friends remember Pete Postlethwaite
Published 16/02/2011 | 18:21
Pete Postlethwaite's family and friends, including Oscar-winners Daniel Day Lewis and Kevin Spacey, have celebrated his life at a memorial service.
Daniel, who appeared alongside his friend in the Guildford Four movie In the Name of the Father, led the addresses - and sang to his widow Jacqui.
He told guests at the service: "My great good fortune was to serve an apprenticeship under Pete Postlethwaite."
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the brass ensemble conducted by Pete as bandleader Danny in the movie Brassed Off, performed a rousing Danny Boy.
And the actor's own words rang out around the church in Shoreditch, east London, with a recording from AE Housman's A Shropshire Lad.
Pete, acknowledged as one of the finest actors in the world by director Steven Spielberg, died in January after a lengthy fight with cancer. He is understood to have been diagnosed first in the early 1990s.
His films included The Usual Suspects, The Shipping News, Inception and Romeo + Juliet. Shropshire-based Pete landed an Oscar nomination for his performance as Guiseppe Conlon in In The Name Of The Father, about the men wrongfully imprisoned for a notorious IRA bomb attack.
Among guests were a number of leading figures from the movie world including Kevin, who played Verbal to Pete's Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects.
Other guests included Michael Gambon who shared a stage with Pete at the RSC, as well as Julie Walters and Matthew Kelly, part of the extraordinary collection of talents in the company of Liverpool's Everyman Theatre in the 70s, which also included Jonathan Pryce and Bill Nighy.