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Simon Ward, actor, dies aged 70

22 July 2012 10:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rada-trained star of Zulu Dawn, Young Winston and Supergirl was 'one of the most admired actors of his generation'

The actor Simon Ward, who played the title role of Winston Churchill in 1972's Young Winston, has died after a long illness. He was 70.

The star of both stage and screen died "peacefully" on Friday, with his wife Alexandra and three daughters at his side.

Ward appeared as Sir Monty in the BBC legal drama Judge John Deed and as Bishop Gardiner in The Tudors. He also had roles on the big screen in Zulu Dawn and Young Winston.

A statement from Ward's agents, Shepherd Management, said: "The son of a car salesman from Beckenham, Kent, Ward wanted to be an actor from an early age and joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 13 and stayed there for eight years.

"Ward went on to train at Rada and became »

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