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Actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

British actor Albert Finney has died at the age of 82.

A five-time Oscar nominee, Finney began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company and achieved acclaim as a Shakespearean actor before moving into film.

A statement from a family spokesman 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.”

On stage, he made his London debut in 1958’s The Party at the New Theatre – now the Noel Coward. Other notable performances include Coriolanus at the RSC, in which he took over the lead role from Laurence Olivier when he withdrew due to illness.

His film credits include Scrooge, Annie, Erin Brokovich and Big Fish. Finney also appeared in the Bourne film series and in James Bond film Skyfall.

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