BBC News - Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite dies aged 64
Oscar-nominated British actor Pete Postlethwaite has died at the age of 64, a spokesman has announced.
Journalist and friend Andrew Richardson said the actor, who was appointed OBE in 2003, died peacefully in hospital in Shropshire after a lengthy illness.
In 1994, he was nominated for an Oscar for In The Name of the Father.
Ex-girlfriend Julie Walters said he was a "big part" of her early acting career and praised him as "the most exciting, exhilarating actor of his generation".
Walters, who began her career by touring pubs in a theatre group with then-boyfriend Postlethwaite, said: "He invented edgy.
"He was an exhilarating person and actor."
RIP my friend, you were a great actor, and a great person. You will be missed.