Thursday 18 July 2019

Actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

Albert Finney made his movie debut in 1960(Sean Dempsey/PA)
Albert Finney made his movie debut in 1960(Sean Dempsey/PA)
GIVE IT AWAY: Albert Finney as Scrooge in the 1970 movie
Actor Albert Finney has died at the age of 82 (Michael Stephens/PA)

Laura Harding

Albert Finney has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman has said.

The actor was best known for his roles in Erin Brockovich, Murder On The Orient Express and Annie.

A statement from his family said: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.

"The family request privacy at this sad time."

The five-time Oscar nominee, who was born in Salford in 1936, made his movie debut with a small part in The Entertainer in 1960.

Director Tony Richardson then offered Finney the lead in kitchen-sink drama Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and period romp Tom Jones, which made him a major star.

He most recently starred in the James Bond film Skyfall and the Bourne films.

Actor David Morrissey paid tribute to Finney on Instagram and Twitter writing: "One of the true great. Both on stage and screen.

"A powerhouse of an actor. A real hero of mine. RIP Albert Finney".

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