The late Tim Pigott-Smith was best known as a classical actor, often appearing in period dramas. But he had his fair share of action-movie roles as well…
Acclaimed character actor Tim Pigott-Smith (OBE) has died at the age of 70.
Probably most famous for key roles in such period-drama classics as the 1984 mini-series The Jewel in the Crown and his prolific and award-winning roles on the stage – particularly Shakespearian), he was an imposing figure (standing at well over six feet tall). He was also cast in memorable roles in more mainstream, dramatic fare – often as people in positions of authority.
Such productions included Doctor Who, Danger UXB,The Chief, the original Clash of the Titans, Escape to Victory (alongside Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pele, a production – however – of which he was not particularly proud), Gangs of New York, The Vice, Alexander, the ever-relevant V for Vendetta (as Creedy), Quantum of Solace, Strike Back, RED 2 and even Jupiter Ascending. He also appeared in two different tv incarnations of the North & South story, playing Frederick hale in the 1975 mini-series and the character’s father in the 2004 mini series.
Already the owner of Olivier and Tony Awards, he was awarded the prestigious Order of the British Empire Medal earlier this year for his services to drama.
He is survived by his wife, actress Pamela Miles, his son, Tom (a classical violinist) and two grandchildren.