Actor Albert Finney dies after illness, aged 82

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British actor Albert Finney has died after a short illness, aged 82, a family spokesman has said.

A five-time Oscar nominee, he was best known for films including Erin Brockovich, Big Fish, Scrooge, Annie and Murder On The Orient Express.

He most recently starred in the James Bond film Skyfall and the Bourne films.

In a statement, his family said: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.

Image: Finney was nominated for five Oscars throughout his career

“The family request privacy at this sad time.”

Born in Salford in 1936, Finney made his film debut with a small part in The Entertainer in 1960.

Director Tony Richardson then cast Finney in the lead roles in kitchen-sink drama Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and period romp Tom Jones – which made him a major star and earned him his first Oscar nomination for best actor.

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Actor David Morrissey is among those paying tribute on social media, writing: “One of the true great. Both on stage and screen. A powerhouse of an actor. A real hero of mine. RIP Albert Finney”.

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