Alex Beckett
Alex Beckett
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The Donmar Warehouse has announced that actor Alex Beckett has passed away suddenly.

At the time of his death, Beckett was starring in the Donmar's production of William Congreve's The Way of the World. His previous acting credits include Grimly Handsome (Royal Court), Pygmalion (Headlong), Edward II (National Theatre) and The Changeling (Young Vic). TV credits include The End of the F**King World and W1A, and on film he played Sir Walter Mildmay in Josie Rourke's upcoming debut film Mary Queen of Scots.

A joint-statement released by the theatre's artistic director Josie Rourke and executive producer Kate Pakenham said: "We are deeply shocked by the tragic loss of our dear friend and brilliant actor Alex Beckett, a much-loved member of The Way of the World company. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this incredibly sad time.

"Everyone at the Donmar and The Way of the World company are completely devastated by this terribly sad news. We have taken the decision to cancel the remaining performances this week, as a mark of respect to Alex, and to give some time to the company, who all loved Alex as a fellow actor, and a friend."

Beckett's acting agent Gavin Denton-Jones added: "We're deeply saddened by the loss of Alex – a wonderful man and a hugely talented actor. Our thoughts are with his family and we kindly ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time."