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 Postlethwaite, who was made an OBE in 2004, 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.

Actor Bill Nighy, who performed with Postlethwaite at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre in the 1970s, paid tribute to "a rare and remarkable man".

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