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Australian actress Ruby Rose has paid tribute to Tom Wilkinson following the British actor’s death aged 75.

The Oscar-nominated actor, best known for playing Gerald Arthur Cooper in the 1997 comedy The Full Monty, died ‘suddenly’ at home on Saturday surrounded by his wife and family. 

Rose, 37, who co-starred with Wilkinson in the 2021 action thriller SAS: Red Notice, took to Instagram hours after his passing to share her condolences. 

Sharing a screenshot of the pair in a scene together, she wrote: ‘Very sad to hear the news. Rest in peace lovely Tom.’ 

Wilkinson  is survived by his actress wife Diana Hardcastle, 74, and their two daughters, Alice and Mollie.

Ruby Rose shares heartbreaking tribute to late SAS: Red Notice co-star Tom Wilkinson following his death aged 75

Australian actress Ruby Rose, 37, (pictured) has paid tribute to Tom Wilkinson following the British actor’s death aged 75 on Saturday 

Wilkinson was awarded a Bafta for best supporting actor in The Full Monty which followed a group of redundant steelworkers from Sheffield who decide to set up an all-male striptease act to earn a living.

Across a glittering career spanning nearly 50 years, Wilkinson also starred in the 1998 romcom Shakespeare in Love, Christopher Nolan’s 2005 blockbuster Batman Begins and 2011 action thriller Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. 

His tragic death was confirmed in a statement shared by his agent on behalf of his family. 

Rose, who co-starred with Wilkinson in the 2021 action thriller SAS: Red Notice, took to Instagram hours after his passing to share her condolences

Rose, who co-starred with Wilkinson in the 2021 action thriller SAS: Red Notice, took to Instagram hours after his passing to share her condolences 

The statement read: ‘It is with great sadness that the family of Tom Wilkinson announce that he died suddenly at home on December 30. His wife and family were with him. The family asks for privacy at this time.’

Wilkinson and his wife tied the knot in 1988 and would go on to play husband and wife in The Kennedys in 2011 and the 2014 film Good People. They had most recently starred alongside one another in the 2020 period drama series Belgravia.

Wilkinson was nominated for six Baftas in total as well as two Oscars for the 2001 drama In The Bedroom, where he played a bereaved father, and Michael Clayton, a 2007 legal thriller starring George Clooney. 

Across a glittering career spanning nearly 50 years, Wilkinson also starred in Christopher Nolan's 2005 blockbuster Batman Begins (pictured)

Across a glittering career spanning nearly 50 years, Wilkinson also starred in Christopher Nolan’s 2005 blockbuster Batman Begins (pictured)

Wilkinson is pictured with his actress wife Diana Hardcastle at The Park Theatre in London on July 17, 2017

Wilkinson is pictured with his actress wife Diana Hardcastle at The Park Theatre in London on July 17, 2017

The actor, who had more than 130 film and TV credits, also won a 2009 Golden Globe and 2008 Emmy for his role as American political figure Benjamin Franklin in HBO series John Adams opposite Paul Giamatti.

He later featured in a star-studded cast alongside his wife, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Penelope Walton and Bill Nighy in the 2011 film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 

And he most recently reunited with his The Full Monty co-stars, Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy, in a Disney+ series of the same name. 

In The Full Monty, Wilkinson's character played a critical role in the film as he was recruited to help the unemployed Sheffield men dance ahead of them performing to a Tom Jones version of You Can Leave Your Hat On

In The Full Monty, Wilkinson’s character played a critical role in the film as he was recruited to help the unemployed Sheffield men dance ahead of them performing to a Tom Jones version of You Can Leave Your Hat On

In the original film, Wilkinson played a former steel mill foreman who was recruited to help the unemployed Sheffield men dance ahead of them performing to a Tom Jones version of You Can Leave Your Hat On.

The film won an Oscar for best original musical or comedy score and was nominated for three others, including best picture and best director. 

He was also known for his roles in a BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit, the 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility and the 2014 Wes Anderson comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel.



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