Tim Pigott-Smith

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Tim Pigott-Smith (1946-2017)
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Tim Pigott-Smith, OBE

Born: Monday 13th May 1946
Died: Friday 7th April 2017 (age: 70)


Tim Pigott-Smith was an English film and television actor.

Pigott-Smith was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, the son of Margaret Muriel (née Goodman) and Harry Thomas Pigott-Smith, who was a journalist. He was educated at Wyggeston Boys' School, Leicester, King Edward VI School Stratford-upon-Avon, and Bristol University. He trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Notable appearances included Ronald Merrick in The Jewel in the Crown, the title role in the crime drama series The Chief (1990-1993), a recurring role in ITV drama The Vice as Ken Stott's nemesis, Vickers, Bloody Sunday and two separate adaptations of North and South. In the 1975 version he played Frederick Hale, while in 2004 he played his father Richard.

His film career included the 2004 film Alexander, The Four Feathers, Gangs of New York, Johnny English, The Remains of the Day, and V for Vendetta. Tim also makes an appearance in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace.

Pigott-Smith was a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles; for instance, he played Posthumus in John Barton's 1974 production of Cymbeline for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His most recent appearance was as Kenneth Lay in ENRON (2009).

He received an OBE in 2017.

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