Lord Of The Rings and Chariots Of Fire star Ian Holm dies

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The Lord Of The Rings and Chariots Of Fire star Sir Ian Holm has died at the age of 88, his agent has confirmed.

"It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88," they said.

"He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer," adding that his illness was Parkinson's related.

"Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely."

Sir Ian was a star of the British film industry who won a Laurence Olivier award, Tony and BAFTA and was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.

He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1981 hit Chariots Of Fire.

One of his most famous roles was as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Lords Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies.

Sir Ian was married four times, most recently to Sophie de Stempel, a protegee and life model of Lucian Freud, and had five children.

Inspired by seeing Les Miserables as a boy, he secured a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1949 before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company.

However, his stage career was cut short after he developed acute stage fright during a production of The Iceman Cometh in 1976.

"The actor's industrial disease," he later described the condition.

He returned to the stage on only a handful of occasions, including his acclaimed portrayal of King Lear at the National Theatre in 1998 which won him his Olivier award.

In June that year, he was knighted for services to entertainment.

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