Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

Albert Finney' as Scrooge. Picture: Ronald Neame'Waterbury Films/Cinema Center Films'BRITAIN
Albert Finney' as Scrooge. Picture: Ronald Neame'Waterbury Films/Cinema Center Films'BRITAIN
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Albert Finney has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman has said.

The actor was best known for his roles in Erin Brockovich, Murder On The Orient Express and Annie.

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A statement from his family said: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.

“The family request privacy at this sad time.”

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The five-time Oscar nominee, who was born in Salford in 1936, made his movie debut with a small part in The Entertainer in 1960.

Director Tony Richardson then offered Finney the lead in kitchen-sink drama Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and period romp Tom Jones, which made him a major star.

He most recently starred in the James Bond film Skyfall and the Bourne films.