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Notting Hill director Roger Michell dies at 65 after career that spanned film, TV and theatre

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Notting Hill director Roger Michell dies at 65 after career that spanned film, TV and theatre

Roger Michell, the acclaimed director of Notting HillVenus and Persuasion, has died at the age of 65.

The news came as a shock to Michell's many friends and colleagues in the film world. He had attended the Telluride Film Festival in the United States earlier this month to promote his latest film, The Duke 

His publicist announced the news in a statement that read: "It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on Sept 22."

Roger Michell wearing a blue shirt: Roger Michell poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'The Duke' during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 4 - Joel C Ryan/Invision

© Joel C Ryan/Invision Roger Michell poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'The Duke' during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 4 - Joel C Ryan/Invision

Michell scored his biggest screen hit in 1999 with Notting Hill, which starred Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. But his was a career of great breadth, spanning film, television and theatre.

He earned his first Bafta nomination in 1994 for a television adaptation of The Buddha of Suburbia.

A second nomination followed two years later for his serialisation of Persuasion, featuring Ciaran Hinds as Captain Wentworth.

Michell also had successes with film adaptations including My Cousin Rachel and Enduring Love.

Reference: The Telegraph: Anita Singh

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