Tim Pigott-Smith as King Lear at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2011. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian
Television roles after The Jewel in the Crown included the titular chief constable, John Stafford, in The Chief( 1990 -9 3) and the much sleazier chief inspector Frank Vickers in The Vice( 2001 -0 3 ). On film, he depicted up in The Remains of the Day( 1993 ); Paul Greengrasss Bloody Sunday( 2002 ), a harrowing documentary reconstruction of the protest and murder in Derry in 1972; as Pegasus, head of MI7, in Rowan Atkinsons Johnny English( 2003) and the foreign secretary in the Bond movie Quantum of Solace( 2008 )~ ATAGEND.
In the last decade of his life he achieved an amazing roster of stage performances, including a superb Henry Higgins, directed by Hall, in Pygmalion( 2008 ); the avuncular, golf-loving entrepreneur Ken Lay in Lucy Prebbles extraordinary Enron( 2009 ), a play that proved there was no business like big business; the placatory Tobias, opposite Penelope Wilton, in Albees A Delicate Balance at the Almeida in 2011; and the humbled George, opposite his Hecuba, Clare Higgins, in Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf, at Bath.
At the start of this year he was appointed OBE. His last television appearance came as Mr Sniggs, the junior dean of Scone College, in Evelyn Waughs Decline and Fall, starring Jack Whitehall. He had been due to open as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in Northampton prior to a long tour.
Pigott-Smith was a keen sportsman, adoration the countryside and wrote four short books, three of them for children.
In 1972 he marriage the actor Pamela Miles. She lives him, along with their son, Tom, a violinist, and two grandchildren, Imogen and Gabriel.
Timothy Peter Pigott-Smith, actor, born 13 May 1946; succumbed 7 April 2017
- Such articles was amended on 10 April 2017. Tim Pigott-Smiths early performance as Balthazar in Much Ado About Nothing was with the Prospect touring company rather than with the Bristol Old Vic .