British director Antonia Bird dies at 62

Antonia Bird at the Venice Film festival in 2004. Photo / Getty Images
Antonia Bird at the Venice Film festival in 2004. Photo / Getty Images

British director Antonia Bird, known for films such as Face, 'Priest and Mad Love, has died. She was 62.

The BBC, citing Bird's agent, said Saturday the director had been suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer and had died in her sleep.

Bird worked for several years at the Royal Court Theater before switching to TV in the mid-1980s. She racked up a string of credits on shows such as Spooks and EastEnders.

Actor Robert Carlyle, who appeared in a number of Bird's films, tweeted Saturday that it's "such a sad day... farewell to my beautiful friend."

Priest, Bird's 1994 debut feature about a traditional Catholic who begins questioning the church's values, won awards at the Toronto, Berlin and Edinburgh film festivals.

- AP

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