Actor Peter O’Toole, who starred in Sir David Lean’s 1962 film classic Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his agent has said.The Irish-born star began on the stage in Bristol and London aged 17, but his big break was when Sir David cast him as British adventurer T E Lawrence. It earned him the first of eight Oscar nominations, with others coming for such films as Becket, The Lion in Winter and Goodbye, Mr Chips.
He received an honorary Oscar in 2003, although he had initially refused to accept the award.
In recent years he has provided the voice of Anton Ego in Ratatouille and appeared in Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust. In 2012, he announced his retirement from big-screen acting, but returned to make what is now his final film. Katherine of Alexandria.
He was also set to star in biblical drama Mary with Ben Kingsley and Julia Ormond.