Notting Hill star Tony Armatrading, brother of celebrated singer-songwriter Joan, dies aged 59 following a battle with cancer
Stage and screen star Tony Armatrading has died aged 59 following a battle with cancer, close friends confirmed on Monday.
The actor, best known for his roles in Hollywood blockbuster The Saint and popular romantic comedy Notting Hill, was the younger brother of celebrated singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading.
The news was announced by fellow actor Tim Bentinck in a tribute shared alongside a photograph of Armatrading, taken with devoted wife Suzan Crowley and their pet dog Dash in the hours before his death.
Farewell: Stage and screen star Tony Armatrading has died aged 59 following a battle with cancer, close friends confirmed on Monday
Captioning the image, he tweeted: ‘Very sad news. My dearest friend Tony Armatrading died of cancer an hour ago.
‘I had the privilege of being his best man, and loved him dearly. He was a wonderful actor, and a true friend. This pic of him with Suzy and Dash taken last night.’
Born in Birmingham on November 30th, 1961, Armatrading began his career a a member of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre stage crew, becoming Head Flyman at the age of 17.
He went on to join the stage crew at he National Theatre’s Lyttelton auditorium, and after obtaining his Equity card appeared in a Royal National Theatre production of Measure for Measure, playing The Messenger.