Former Chiddingly resident Bob Hoskins dies

Bob Hoskins and Cllr Godfrey Daniel outside Cafe des Arts in 2009 SUS-140205-101456001

Bob Hoskins and Cllr Godfrey Daniel outside Cafe des Arts in 2009 SUS-140205-101456001

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Former Chiddingly resident and actor Bob Hoskins has died aged 71.

The actor – most famous for his roles in Mona Lisa, for which he was Oscar-nominated and won a Bafta and Golden Globe – died on Tuesday (April 29).

His agent said he had been admitted to hospital with pneumonia and sadly died there surrounded by his family.

He had retired from acting in 2011 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, as he wanted to spend more time with his family before the condition progressed.

Mr Hoskins had lived in a property in Chiddingly but sold the four-bedroom house for £895,000 in 2012.

It is believed he bought the property in 1990, which was set in 13 acres of land and boasted a heated swimming pool, all weather tennis courts and paddocks.

The father-of-four once joined a protest march against a landfill site near his home – and he was a regular at the Six Bells pub.

The actor’s last film role was in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Mr Hoskins was born in Bury St Edmunds and left school with just one O level. After trying accountancy, he became and actor and appeared in dozens of British and Hollywood movies including The Long Good Friday Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Mermaids, Hook, Mrs Henderson Presents and Made in Dagenham – which was partly filmed in Eastbourne.

Mr Hoskins also appeared on the small screen.

His TV appearances included Play for Today, On The Move, Van der Valk and BBC One drama The Street – for which he won an International Emmy for Best Actor.

He also directed two films, both of which he starred in, called The Raggedy Rawney and Rainbow.

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