— Rebecca Williams (@BexWills) July 16, 2013
Paul Bhattacharjee, the star of Bond movie, Casino Royale, and a very highly-respected actor in London’s theater scene, has been found dead, he was 53, reports Sky News.
Here’s what you need to know…
1. He’s Been Missing Since July 10
He had last been seen walking to a local train station from the Royal Court Theater in London on July 10.
2. His Girlfriend Was the Last Person to Hear From Him
Very sad to hear the news about Paul Bhattacharjee. My thoughts are with his loved ones.
— parmindernagra (@parmindernagra) July 17, 2013
The last person to hear from him was his girlfriend. He had sent her a text message at 9:00 p.m. on July 10.
3. His Body Was Found in a Place Named Splash Point
His body was found an area known as Splash Point in Seaford, East Sussex. Local police had found the body there on Friday. The body was identified as being Bhattacharjee on July 17.
4. Foul-Play is Not Being Considered
His death is not being considered as suspicious.
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5. His Disappearance Seriously Worried His Friends
Friends and family have reported his disappearance as strange and that he appeared to be in good humor. A Royal Court Theater spokesman told The Guardian:
He left on Wednesday in good spirits but didn’t make it to rehearsals the next day.
His son, Rahul Bhattacharjee-Prashar, told London’s Evening Standard newspaper that the disappearance was “completely out of character”. He went on to say:
He was doing well in his career and everything seemed to be going okay.
6. He Was Due to Begin on London’s West End on July 16
He had been due to appear in the play, Talk Show, which began on July 16. His role had been recast. Aside from stage work, Bhattacharjee was famous in the UK for his role in the popular soap opera Eastenders.
7. His Search Was Powered by Twitter
— Natalie Dew (@dew_natalie) July 16, 2013
Our Colleague and friend Paul Bhattacharjee has been missing since last Wed evening. If you have any info pls call Missing Persons on 116000
— royalcourt (@royalcourt) July 16, 2013
Friends had taken to Twitter to voice their concern for his whereabouts.
8. American Audiences Will Remember Him From Casino Royale
His most well known for his role in the first Daniel Craig James Bond movie, Casino Royale. In the movie, Bhattacharjee played the British Secret Service doctor who helps Bond after the agent is poisoned (above).
He also appeared in the movies, Dirty Pretty Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and White Teeth.
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9. Bhattacharjee Was London Through-And-Through
He was a London native, with Indian-roots, from the neighborhood of Redbridge in the North-East of the city.
10. He Was a Renowned Star on London’s Theater Scene
In 2012, he had starred in a revolutionary take on the William Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing which depicted the play as cheesy-Bollywood style movie. His co-star in that production, Syal, said about Bhattacharjee:
Paul Bhattacharjee is a wonderful actor whom I’ve known for 20 years. We have only played opposite each other once before – in 1992 in a BBC film called ‘My Sister Wife,’ which was also my first screenplay as a writer. We played husband and wife then but with a far less happy ending than in Much Ado!