British actor Tom Wilkinson, known for such films as “Naked and Merry”, “Shakespeare in Love” and “Behind the Bedroom Door”, died suddenly at the age of 75, his family announced.
Tom Wilkinson has had many film and television roles under his belt. In 1998, he won a BAFTA award, the British equivalent of an Oscar, for the film “Naked and Cheerful”. In total, he received six BAFTA nominations and two Oscar nominations for his roles in “Michael Clayton” and “Behind the Bedroom Door.”
He also won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in the 2008 miniseries “John Adams.”
According to the statement, he died on Saturday while staying at home with his family. “It is with great sadness that Tom Wilkinson’s family announces that he died suddenly at his home on December 30. He was accompanied by his wife and family,” it said.
“The family is asking for privacy at this time,” it added.
Wilkinson was born in 1948 near Leeds in northern England. When he was 18, he was asked to direct a play. – For the first time in my life I started doing something I knew how to do – he said years later. – I realized that actors don’t have to be only middle-class people from the south. Perhaps it could be people like me, he added.
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