British actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who won a British Academy Television Award in 1985 for his leading role in “The Jewel in the Crown,” died on Friday, April 7, 2017, according to a statement by his agent. He was 70.
Pigott-Smith began his acting career on the stage, where he eventually performed with the likes of Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, and Judi Dench. His first television role was on a 1963 episode of “Doctor Who.” He garnered wide acclaim, and a BAFTA Leading Actor award, for playing the cruel police officer Ronald Merrick in the 1984 ITV miniseries “The Jewel in the Crown,” and has appeared in series such as “Downton Abbey,” “North & South,” and “Houdini.”
Probably best known to American audiences for his work in feature films, Pigott-Smith has had roles in movies including “Clash of the Titans,” “Remains of the Day,” “Gangs of New York,” “V for Vendetta,” and “Quantum of Solace.”
Recently, he played the title role in the play “Charles III” in both London (in 2014) and on Broadway (in 2015). He was nominated for both a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for portraying the current Prince Charles after he has ascended to the British throne. He reprised the role for a BBC TV movie adaptation due to be released this year.
Pigott-Smith is survived by his wife, Pamela Miles, and his son, Tom Pigott-Smith.