Adrian Schiller, British actor recognized for ‘The Final Kingdom’ and ‘Victoria,’ dies at 60


British actor Adrian Schiller, whose profession included roles within the historic dramas “The Final Kingdom” and “Victoria,” has died.

Scott Marshall Companions, an company which represented Schiller for greater than 30 years, confirmed to The Instances that the actor died Wednesday. Extra particulars, together with a reason behind demise and his survivors, weren’t revealed. He was 60.

“He has died far too quickly, and we, his household and shut pals are devastated by the loss,” Scott Marshall Companions mentioned in an announcement shared with The Instances. “His demise was sudden and surprising and no additional particulars round its trigger are but accessible.”

The company added that the “prodigiously gifted actor” not too long ago returned from Sydney the place he carried out in a manufacturing of the Sam Mendes-directed play “The Lehman Trilogy.” Schiller was “trying ahead to persevering with” the play’s worldwide run, which included reveals at San Francisco’s Toni Rembe Theater from Might 25 to June 23.

The Nationwide Theatre, which co-produces the play, mourned the lack of the actor in a assertion posted early Thursday morning on X (previously Twitter). Theater director Rufus Norris remembered Schiller as a pal, “fantastic actor” and frequent collaborator.

“His latest efficiency as Henry Lehman within the Australian premiere of ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ was excellent and his presence throughout the firm shall be enormously missed,” Norris mentioned earlier than expressing condolences for Schiller’s family members.

Schiller, who was born on Feb. 21, 1964, pursued a wide range of alternatives all through his appearing profession, starting from TV and movie to theater and video video games. In latest years, nevertheless, Schiller was finest recognized for his work on historic dramas “The Final Kingdom” and “Victoria.”

In “The Final Kingdom” (which discovered a brand new dwelling at Netflix for its later seasons), Schiller starred in 25 episodes as the rich “ealdorman” Aethelhelm. “The Final Kingdom” premiered on the BBC in 2015 and streamed its remaining season on Netflix in March 2022.

For BBC’s “Victoria,” Schiller starred as Cornelius Penge, a footman who served the royal household at each Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace. The collection, which ran from 2016 to 2019, starred “Physician Who” actor Jenna Coleman within the title function.

Tv made up a majority of Schiller’s decades-long profession, which started within the early ’90s, in response to IMDb. The actor’s further TV credit embrace minor roles in “Raised by Wolves,” “Genius” and “Physician Who.”

Schiller’s on-screen credit additionally embrace movies “The Danish Woman,” “Brilliant Star” and Disney’s 2017 live-action adaptation of “Magnificence and the Beast.” Moreover, Schiller lent his voice to the “Murderer’s Creed,” “Castlevania” and “Fable” online game franchises.

On Thursday morning, an individual who mentioned they have been Schiller’s sister Ginny introduced the actor’s demise on his X profile. In a pair of posts, Ginny additionally mentioned plans for a memorial shall be shared at a later date and shared a hyperlink to help Schiller’s accomplice Milena and his younger son Gabriel.

The fundraiser, organized by Schiller’s household, raised greater than 5,200 kilos (about $6,600) on Tuesday, far exceeding its unique purpose of 100 kilos.

“Adrian loved a various and profitable profession throughout all media,” Scott Marshall Companions added in its assertion. “Our deepest condolences go to his household, who ask for privateness at this most troublesome of instances.”


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