Oscar-nominated actor Frank Finlay dies, aged 89

Finlay was known for his roles in 'Othello', 'The Three Musketeers' and 'Bouquet Of Barbed Wire'

Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning actor Frank Finlay has died at the age of 89.

A message on Finlay’s website confirmed that the actor had passed away on Saturday (January 30) “at home surrounded by his family”.

The Lancashire-born actor began his career in 1958 and worked prolifically on screen and stage for around the next five decades. His performance as Iago opposite Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith in the 1965 film adaptation of Othello saw him nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

He also appeared in the popular 1973 film The Three Musketeers and its two sequels. On TV, his most notable roles came in ITV’s then controversial 1976 series Bouquet Of Barbed Wire, the 1973 TV film The Adventures Of Don Quixote and the same year’s BBC production of Candide. For his performances in Quixote and Candide, he won a pair of BAFTAs.

More recently, Finlay was seen in ITV’s Prime Suspect, playing the father of Helen Mirren’s character Jane Tennison, and the Caroline Quentin-led TV series Life Begins.

Following news of his death, Sherlock‘s co-creator Mark Gatiss was among those who paid tribute to Finlay on Twitter, calling him “a wonderfully fiery presence on stage and screen”.