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Excalibur actor Nigel Terry dies at 69

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Nigel Terry, beloved actor of stage, film, and television, died on April 30 of emphysema. He was 69.

Recognized on the screen for his memorable roles in 1981’s Excalibur—in which he played King Arthur opposite Helen Mirren’s Morgana Le Fay—and the Oscar-winning film, The Lion in Winter, Terry was a staple in the acting world for more than four decades. His film credits include the titular character in Caravaggio, which co-starred Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton, along with roles in War RequiemEdward II, and Woldgang Petersen’s Troy. Terry’s numerous television credits featured work on Sherlock HolmesRuth Rendell Mysteries, The Orchid House, Zorro, Covington Cross, Sea of SoulsMI-5 and Doctor Who.  

Terry was best known for his work on the British stage. According to the Guardian, he made his theatre debut at the Shaw Theatre in London in The Long and the Short and the Tall, along with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He would go on to be in several productions for the Royal Court including Edward Bond’s The Fool and Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire