U.K. actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2016 for his leading performance in King Charles III, has died at the age of 70. His death was confirmed to BBC by his agent, John Grant. He was just named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) as part of this year’s New Year Honours list.
The acclaimed actor was scheduled to headline a touring production of Death of a Salesman alongside his wife, Pamela Miles, which was poised to begin performances April 10. The production was recently delayed as Miles recovered from a broken bone.
Born Timothy Peter Pigott-Smith on May 13, 1946 in Rugby, Warwickshire, Mr. Pigott-Smith studied at the University of Bristols Drama Department and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Mr. Pigott-Smith boasted several stage credits in the U.K., including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And The Tempest with Theatre Royal, Bath, King Lear at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, an Olivier-nomianted turn in Enron, and Pygmalion at the Old Vic.
The production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III, in which Mr. Pigott-Smith played the titular monarch following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, premiered at the Almeida Theatre in April 2014 before transferring to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre and, subsequently, the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. In addition to a Tony nomination, he received an Olivier nod for his performance. He also reprised the role for the forthcoming BBC2 screen adaptation.
Mr. Pigott-Smith was perhaps best known for his role as Ronald Merrick in the 1984 series The Jewel in the Crown, for which he won a BAFTA Award. His additional screen credits include Clash of the Titans, Escape to Victory, and Remains of the Day.
After making his Broadway debut in the 1974 revival of Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Pigott-Smith returned to the Main Stem in 1999’s The Iceman Cometh (reprising his performance from the Almeida and the Old Vic).