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Albert Finney dies aged 82

Finney regularly appeared on both the stage and on screen, including performances at the RSC

Albert Finney playing Edgar in King Lear at the RSC
© RSC, photo by Angus McBean

The award-winning actor Albert Finney has died aged 82 following a short illness.

Born in Salford in 1936, Finney trained at RADA and started his career in theatre, becoming a member of the RSC's company in the 1950s, appearing in King Lear alongside Ian Holm, Diana Rigg and Julian Glover and A Midsummer Night's Dream with Vanessa Redgrave. He was directed by Peter Hall in Coriolanus in 1960, featuring Laurence Olivier.

Finney continued to appear on the stage throughout his career, with credits including Macbeth at the National Theatre in 1978, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance at the Old Vic in 1984 and the UK premiere of Yasmina Reza's Art at the Wyndham's Theatre. He won an Olivier Award for Orphans in 1986.

A winner of Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards and five-time Oscar nominee, Finney's screen roles included The Dresser, Murder on the Orient Express, Scrooge and Miller's Crossing. Recently he has appeared in films such as Skyfall and The Bourne Legacy. He led the cast of the Karaoke and Cold Lazarus TV series by Dennis Potter, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA in 1996.

Tributes poured in for Finney on social media.