Tony Armatrading dead: Tributes come as actor dies aged 59

Actor Tony Armatrading has died aged 60 after battling cancer (Photo: Related Newspapers)

Tributes have come for Tony Armatrading, Notting Hill and Death In Paradise, actor and brother of singer Joan Armatrading, after his death at the age of 59.

Actor’s friend Tim Bentinck first broke the news on social media, claiming that Armatrading died earlier Monday morning after a battle Cancer.

Sharing an image of the actor in a hospital bed, Armatrading was seen with his wife Suzy and their dog Dash by his bedside.

According to Bentinck, also an actor, the photo was taken on Sunday evening.

He wrote: “Very sad news. My dear friend Tony Armatrading died of cancer an hour ago.

“I had the privilege of being his witness and I loved him very much.

“He was a great actor and a true friend.

“This photo of him with Suzy and Dash was taken last night.

Actress Lorelai King responded to the post and shared her grief, writing: ‘A lovely man. So many good memories spent with him and Suzy in Los Angeles… 💔 My love for all of you. X ‘

Victims star Lisa Bowerman added: ‘I’m so sorry to hear this. I only worked with him once briefly – and he was a lovely guy.

Tony Armatrading in a scene alongside David Jason in A Touch of Frost.
He starred in A Touch Of Frost in the 90s (Photo: ITV / Shutterstock)

Tony Armatrading and Niamh Cusack in Color Blind.
Alongside Niamh Cusack in color blind (Photo: ITV / Shutterstock)

Armatrading began his career with the Birmingham Repertory Theater stage crew before starting a career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appearing in several productions.

He has worked alongside Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Irons, Pete Postlethwaite and Sean Bean in productions such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.

In addition to the scene, he has appeared in the television series Brookside, long-running crime drama The Bill as well as A Touch Of Frost. He also played Dr. Ivann Tate in Death In Paradise in 2016.

Acting in a movie, Armatrading appeared in Now You See Me 2 in 2016 and was the member of the on-call team on Notting Hill in 1999, who refused to let Hugh Grant’s character on the closed set.

Her last role was in the Hawaii Five-O television series last year.

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