Magazine article Screen International

Tim Pigott-Smith, Star of 'The Jewel in the Crown', Dies Aged 70

Magazine article Screen International

Tim Pigott-Smith, Star of 'The Jewel in the Crown', Dies Aged 70

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British star of stage and screen died on Friday.

"Tim was one of the great actors of his generation," Pigott-Smith's agent John Grant said in a statement. "Much-loved and admired by his peers, he will be remembered by many as a gentleman and a true friend."

Pigott-Smith, who had been due to begin a stage tour of Death Of A Salesman on Monday in Northampton, famously played police superintendent Ronald Merrick in Granada Television series The Jewel In The Crown, which earned him a best actor Bafta award in 1985.

It was one of a vast array of television performances that included Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Holby Blue, Miranda, and Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.

Pigott-Smith was born in Warwickshire and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. …

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