It is a sad day for film fans, with the news that Albert Finney – star of films like Erin Brockovich, Big fish and Skyfall – died after a short illness. He was 82.
A spokesperson for the family said: "Albert Finney, 82 years old, died peacefully after a short illness with the next of kin next to him."
Finney's first big role on the big screen was in 1960 the famous drama in the kitchen Saturday night and Sunday morning – a performance that gave him a promising newcomer Bafta.
Later he played in the acclaimed comedy from 1963 Tom Jones, in which he played the titular hero, and in Sidney Lumet's 1974 adaptation of Murder On The Orient Expressappeared as the famous detective of Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot. He received the best actor Oscar nominations for both.
Finney picked up a total of five Oscar-noms in his career, including Best Actor nodding for 1983 & # 39; s The sideboard and 1984 & # 39; s Under the volcano.
His last nomination came in 2000, as best male supporting actor for his brilliant turn against Julia Roberts in the blazing biopic of Steven Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich.
Finney was a productive performer – as well as intimate Brit-dramas & Hollywood blockbusters, one of his most memorable roles was in John Huston's big-screen version of the musical Annie, where he played friendly billionaire Daddy Warbucks. To demonstrate his enormous reach, he later worked with the Coen brothers for their 1990 gangster film, Miller & # 39; s Crossing.
In the past two decades Finney played in several films, together with directors such as Soderbergh (again with Traffic and Ocean & # 39; s Twelve), Tim Burton (Big fish), Ridley Scott (A good year) and Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum).
His last role on the big screen was in the 2012 Bond film by Sam Mendes, Skyfall. He playfully played gamekeeper Kincade, who helped Daniel Craig's 007 to overthrow Javier Bardem's terrorist Silva by trapping the Bond family home.
Tributes from the industry have penetrated Twitter, with Christopher McQuarrie, Edgar Wright, Ava DuVernay and more offering their condolences.
A sad day indeed. Our thoughts are with his family.