Paul Bhattacharjee, a 53-year-old British actor, has died. The actor was missing for two days before his body was found in East Sussex. Tributes to the late actor have been posted on Twitter by his friends and colleagues.
Paul Bhattacharjee, the actor best known for his role as Inzaman on EastEnders, has died. The 53-year-old actor went missing on Wednesday 10th July. A body found in East Sussex on 12th July has been confirmed as Bhattacharjee.
Stephen Fry at the NOW Exhibition, held at the Royal Academy of Arts, 2012.
His body was found near cliffs in Seaford, East Sussex on Friday 12th July. It wasn't until yesterday that the body was identified as that of the actor.
Why the 53-year-old was found in East Sussex is unknown, however, his death is not being treated as suspicious. He was last seen on Wedneday (10th July) evening, leaving rehearsals at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He was playing a role in 'Talk Show', due to be performed at the theatre this week. He was heard from for the last time by his girlfriend who received a text from him later that night.
The actor was best known for his role as Inzaman in EastEnders. He had also appeared in a number of feature films including Casino Royale, White Teeth and Dirty Pretty Things. He also made frequent appearances on the stage.
Stephen Fry attempted to aid in the search for Bhattacharjee after he was alerted by actress Natalie Dew on Twitter. Dew described Bhattacharjee as a "wonderful actor and a lovely man".
His disappearance also drew the attention of Kim Cattrall, who retweeted a post by the Royal Court Theatre. The tweet urged anyone with information to contact missing persons.
The news, breaking in the UK last night, caused an outpouring of grief from Bhattacharjee's friends and colleagues. These include actors Colin McCredie (Taggart); Brooke Kinsella (EastEnders) and Adil Ray (Citizen Khan).
Tweets have described Bhattacharjee as "a pioneer and a legend"; "a very fine actor" and "insightful, gifted and king".
Contactmusic sends their condolences to Paul Bhattacharjee's family, friends and colleagues.
Kim Cattrall at the 2013 Olivier Awards, London.
Brooke Kinsella at the 20th Anniversary party of OK! Magazine, London.