Entertainment Notting Hill star Tony Armatrading dies aged 59
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Stage and screen star Tony Armatrading has died aged 59 following a battle with cancer, close friends confirmed on Monday.
The actor, best known for his roles in Hollywood blockbuster The Saint and popular romantic comedy Notting Hill, was the younger brother of celebrated singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading.
The news was announced by fellow actor Tim Bentinck in a tribute shared alongside a photograph of Armatrading, taken with devoted wife Suzan Crowley and their pet dog Dash shortly before his death.
Captioning the image, he tweeted: 'Very sad news. My dearest friend Tony Armatrading died of cancer an hour ago.
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'I had the privilege of being his best man, and loved him dearly. He was a wonderful actor, and a true friend. This pic of him with Suzy and Dash taken last night.'
Born in Birmingham on November 30th, 1961, Armatrading began his career a a member of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre stage crew, becoming Head Flyman at the age of 17.
He went on to join the stage crew at the National Theatre's Lyttelton auditorium, and after obtaining his Equity card appeared in a Royal National Theatre production of Measure for Measure, playing The Messenger.
The actor enjoyed further success while touring the United Kingdom as Jelly Roll Morton, one of the founding fathers of jazz, in Jelly Roll Soul, before taking a series of roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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Working with stars including Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Irons, Pete Postlethwaite and Sean Bean, Armatrading featured in productions of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, as well as restorations of Fair Maid of The West and The Rover during three successful seasons at the RSC.
His TV work included various appearances in Channel 4 soap Brookside, long running police drama The Bill and A Touch Of Frost, in which he starred alongside David Jason.
Tony Armatrading dies aged 59 .
'Notting Hill' star Tony Armatrading has died at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer.The actor – the younger brother of singer Joan Armatrading – passed away on Monday (10.05.21) after a battle with cancer and his friend Tim Bentinck broke the news on social media.