British actor Albert Finney dies at 82

Albert Finney during

Having risen to success as a Shakespearean actor, the Salford-born star was later known for film roles in the likes of Skyfall, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy, Big Fish, Erin Brockovich, Miller's Crossing, Scrooge and Tom Jones.

Our thoughts are with Finney's family and friends at this hard time.

It wasn't until 2000 that Albert Finney received an Oscar nomination again, this time for Best Supporting Actor alongside Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich.

The family of British actor Albert Finney announced he has died.

Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood limelight for more than five decades after bursting to worldwide fame in 1963 in the title role of "Tom Jones".

Tributes have already begun to flood social media, with TV presenter Lorraine Kelly offering her condolences.

Finney burst to worldwide fame in 1963 in the title role of "Tom Jones", playing a lusty, humorous rogue who captivated audiences with his charming, devil-may-care antics.

Finney had a son, Simon, with his first wife, actress Jane Wenham.

A tweet on the official James Bond account quoted them as saying: "We are heartbroken at the loss of Albert Finney".

He won two BAFTA Awards and was nominated 13 times.

British actor Albert Finney at the Deauville Festival of American Film in France.

"The world has lost a giant", Craig said.

BAFTA said it was "deeply saddened" to hear of his passing. "And it also helps keep us 'quaint, ' which I'm not a great fan of".

Roles followed in Reisz's Night Must Fall and the Stanley Donen-directed Two for the Road, opposite Audrey Hepburn; Finney then turned director, with the 1968 release Charlie Bubbles.

At the time, The Guide to British Cinema said Finney exuded "a mixture of defiance and selfishness overlaid with a raw sexuality".

Finney worked with a number of American filmmakers as he worked in both the United Kingdom and USA, like another famous role of his as mobster Leo O'Bannon in Miller's Crossing for the Coen Brothers in 1990.

His first big-screen production was 1960's The Entertainer, but playing the titular role in 1963's Tom Jones was his breakout role.

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