R.I.P. Tim-Pigott Smith

British acting veteran Tim Pigott-Smith has died at the age of 70. A veteran of stage and screen, the versatile actor’s career spanned British TV and numerous notable films from the mid-1970s through to this year.

Known for playing villains, royals and officials in authority, his film works include roles as Chancellor Suttler’s right-hand man Creedy In “V for Vendetta,” Perseus’ offsider Thallo in the original “Clash of the Titans,” Emma Thompson’s husband in “Remains of the Day,” Sir George Stubbs in “Dead Man’s Folly,” Major Ford in “Bloody Sunday,” the UK Foreign Secretary in “Quantum of Solace,” Lord Ascot in Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland ,” the MI7 chief in “Johnny English,” General Feversham in “The Four Feathers,” Malidictes in “Jupiter Ascending,” Pliny the Elder in “Pompeii: The Last Day,” Director Philips in “RED 2,” a minister in “Gangs of New York,” a prophet in “Alexander,” and will soon be seen opposite Judi Dench in Stephen Frears’s “Victoria and Abdul”.

He also appeared in most major British TV dramas produced over the past few decades including guest spots on “Spooks,” “Poirot,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Hour,” “Strike Back,” “Silent Witness,” “Miranda,” “Lewis,” “Decline and Fall,” “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries,” “Holby Blue,” “Kavanagh QC,” “37 Days,” “True Adventures of Christopher Columbus,” “The Lost Boys” along with numerous appearances in “Doctor Who” and key roles in “The Jewel in the Crown,” “The Great Train Robbery,” “The Chief,” “The Vice,” “Houdini,” “Fame is the Spur,” “Churchill: The Wilderness Years,” “I Remember Nelson,” “Struggle,” “Tis Pity She’s a Whore” and two versions of “North & South”.

He recently scored Olivier and Tony award nominations for his work on Broadway in 2015 in “King Charles III” with a TV version of that production set to hit later this year.

Pigott-Smith is survived by his wife Pamela Miles and their son Tom.