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Joanna Lumley, Gordon Ramsay and Danny Baker are among those paying tribute to the film-maker turned restaurant critic, who has died aged 77

Tributes to Michael Winner, the film director turned restaurant critic, have poured in as news broke of his death, aged 77, from liver failure.

Speaking to the Guardian, the actor Joanna Lumley, who starred in Winner's final film, Parting Shots (1999), remembered his gift for inspiring those around him. "He was a truly loyal man, generous and funny and I loved him dearly. People just liked him. When he wasn't being a monster he was adorable. He was a real monstre sacré – though really more of the sacré than the monster."

Winner, who found early notoriety helming the Death Wish movie series, before moving into tamer film territory, and then taking a turn into restaurant reviewing, met Lumley while they were both shooting a television show with Robert Carrier in the mid-70s. »

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