Paul Bhattacharjee, the British actor who is best known for his role in the movie Casino Royale and the U.K. show EastEnders, was found dead more than a week after he went missing. He was 53 years old. Bhattacharjee was last seen leaving the Royal Court Theater in London on July 10, where he was scheduled to appear in the play Talk Show before being found dead.
Authorities launched an intensive search and found his dead body two days later at Splash Point cliffs in Seaford, East Sussex. However, the death of Bhattacharjee is not being treated by investigators as suspicious. The family of Bhattacharjee had publicly appealed for his return before his dead body was found. His son, Rahul Bhattacharjee-Prashar, 24, told British newspaper The Standard that his father's disappearance was "completely out of character."
Fellow British actor Meera Syal, who starred with Bhattacharjee in a few U.K. plays, led tributes yesterday for the actor. "Paul was a consummate actor and relished every opportunity and challenge. He brought a freshness to each role," said Syal. "I will miss him and always regret very much that we have been robbed of his wonderful talent and the great work he still had to produce in his career." Fellow actor Parminder Nagra, best known for her roles in Bend It Like Beckham and ER, tweeted that her, "thoughts are with his loved ones."
Bhattacharjee had been working steadily as an actor for nearly 35 years. His film roles also inclued the 2002 movie Dirty Pretty Things and last year's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He lso recently appeared on several TV shows including Doctors, The Fixer and Waking the Dead. Bhattacharjee had been focusing more heavily on stage acting and appeared last year in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Memorial plans for Bhattacharjee have yet to be publicly announced.