Stars of stage and screen have paid tribute to Oscar-nominated British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died on Monday at the age of 64. Journalist and friend Andrew Richardson said the actor, who was appointed OBE in 2003, died peacefully in hospital in Shropshire after a lengthy illness.
Former girlfriend Julie Walters praised him as “the most exciting, exhilarating actor of his generation”. Steven Spielberg referred to him as the “best actor in the world”, after having worked with him on films such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Postlethwaite’s performance in ‘In The Name of the Father’ in 1994, a film about the IRA’s Guildford pub bombings, earned him a Oscar nomination. He also made a sterling performance in the modernisation a Romeo & Juliet. Here is a clip of one of his best known roles in the British film ‘Brassed Off’.