Albert Finney dies aged 82
Actor Albert Finney has died at the age of 82.
The actor's death was confirmed by his family earlier today (February 8th).
They said in a statement: "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."
Finney enjoyed a decorated career that spanned more than five decades. He was nominated for an Oscar five times and 13 times for BAFTA, winning twice.
Beginning his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Finney made his big screen breakthrough as Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, a hugely acclaimed adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name by Alan Sillitoe.
He would go on to star in beloved movies like Erin Brockovich, The Dresser, Miller's Crossing, Annie and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Most recently, he delighted fans with his appearance in Skyfall as Kincade, the gamekeeper of the Skyfall estate where James Bond spent his early years.
Tributes have been paid by many of Finney's co-stars and fellow actors. A selection are included below:
"Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not." RIP Albert Finney, the original Angry Young Man, thanks for 'Saturday Night, Sunday Morning', 'Miller’s Crossing', 'Two For The Road', 'Gumshoe', 'The Dresser', 'Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead', 'Tom Jones' & so many others... pic.twitter.com/TKGJYKcK8Z— edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 8, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney. The recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, Finney will be warmly remembered for his powerful performances in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Big Fish and many more. pic.twitter.com/SwuaV84cGE— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 8, 2019
The beautiful Albert Finney. pic.twitter.com/pNkq7tZhEi— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) February 8, 2019
Very sad to hear about Albert Finney. I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on. Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all round example of how to behave. https://t.co/mZXeqmWrqJ— Rufus Sewell (@FredrikSewell) February 8, 2019
One of the true great. Both on stage and screen. A powerhouse of an actor. A real hero of mine. RIP Albert Finney https://t.co/FuSu6948tS— David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) February 8, 2019