Antony Sher obituary: stage and screen actor and narrator

Best known for playing Hamlet in 2002, the actor also gives voice to characters in the animation, released by Bafta in 2015 Antony Sher, who has died aged 75, was a classically trained stage…

Antony Sher obituary: stage and screen actor and narrator

Best known for playing Hamlet in 2002, the actor also gives voice to characters in the animation, released by Bafta in 2015

Antony Sher, who has died aged 75, was a classically trained stage and film actor.

During a career that spanned four decades, he was best known for starring in many classic productions, such as King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra. He also played a giant in a modern retelling of The Lion King, “Gambi”, on stage and on film.

The Yorkshireman was also an acclaimed television actor, first appearing in ITV’s World in Action in 1969 and starring in Holby City from 2008 until 2014. He won an RSC award for best actor in a comedy in 1983 for playing the leading role in the adaptation of Alexi Zentner’s play The Royal Pointer of Leicester.

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In 2007 he voiced Peter Griffin, one of the central characters in Family Guy, on which he appeared in and off from 2008 until it was terminated in 2017.

His films include: The Comfort of Strangers (1984), White Fang (1990), I Saw the Light (2014), The Other Boleyn Girl (2015), All or Nothing: Stripped Bare Barefoot (2015), The Sinner (2017), Echo (2018) and a live-action version of Marvellous Life of Brian.

He received the BFI’s New British Cinema Award in 1999 and the Lucian Freud award in 2001. He was made an OBE in 1989 and knighted in 2010.

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