British director Antonia Bird dies

2013-10-28 11:23
Antonia Bird
London - British director Antonia Bird, known for films such as Face, Priest and Mad Love, has died. She was 54.

The BBC, citing Bird's agent, said on Saturday the director had been suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer and had died in her sleep.

Bird worked for several years at the Royal Court Theater before switching to TV in the mid-1980s. She racked up a string of credits on shows such as Spooks and EastEnders.

Actor Robert Carlyle, who appeared in a number of Bird's films, tweeted a farwell on Saturday:

Priest, Bird's 1994 debut feature about a traditional Catholic who begins questioning the church's values, won awards at the Toronto, Berlin and Edinburgh film festivals.

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