Sir Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88

Sir Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88

Sir Ian Holm, an acclaimed British actor whose long career included roles in Chariots of Fire and The Lord of the Rings has died at 88 years old.

“It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” Alex Irwin, from Markham, Froggatt & Irwin, said.

“He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. His illness was Parkinson’s-related”.

“He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike.

“His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

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

The famed star was most well known for his role as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element and android double agent Ash in Alien.

Alongside these prominent roles, Sir Ian accumulated more than 100 roles in films, television and on stage, landing him a Laurence Olivier award, a Tony and a BAFTA, and was a even member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.

Sir Ian was knighted in 1998 for his services to drama.

Fans and colleagues shared their remembrances of Holm on social media to celebrate his life.