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Actor Tony Armatrading has died aged 59

The actor has appeared at the National, the Almeida and more

Tony Armatrading
© Dan Wooller

Actor Tony Armatrading has died age 59 following a battle with cancer.

Hailed by The Archers star Tim Bentinck as a "dearest friend', Armatrading has appeared in films like Notting Hill with a number of stage credits across his career.

He originally worked backstage at both the Birmingham Rep and the National, before moving on stage for the likes of a National Theatre production of Measure for Measure, with other credits including seasons at the RSC.

Other credits include the Tricycle (now Kiln) production of August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Paulette Randall, with the 90s being filled with shows such as The Coup at the National and Burning Blue at the Kings Head and in the West End.

This side of the millennium, in 2007 he appeared in Big White Fog at the Almeida, alongside the likes of Lenora Crichlow and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

He appeared in a plethora of screen projects including Hawaii Five-O (what will be his last acting appearance) and the aforementioned Richard Curtis classic. On the big screen his credits also include 'Now You See Me 2 and The Saint''. He was the brother of musician Joan Armatrading.