Thomas George Bell was an English theatre, cinema, and television actor from 2 August 1933 to 4 October 2006. He was known for his “menacing or filthy characters,” including the stereotypically s*xist Detective Sergeant Bill Otley in Prime Suspect, who served as the main nemesis to Helen Mirren’s DCI Jane Tennison.
How did Tom Bell d!e, do you know? To learn more about Tom Bell’s early life, personal life and the cause of his untimely de@th, please read on.
What Was Tom Bell Cause of De@th??
A common acquaintance, show business accountant Jose Goumal, suggested that Bell collaborate with TV director Danny Hiller again, and Bell consented to star in Hiller’s first feature film Love Me Still.
Despite his obvious health problems, Bell finished filming just days before he passed away. After a brief hospitalization on October 4, 2006, at the age of 73, he passed away.
A few days later, “the poignantly timed broadcast of Prime Suspect – The Final Act” was broadcast, “in which a visibly frail Otley d!ed on-screen.”
How Did Tom Bell’s Childhood Go?
Bell’s birthdate is August 2, 1933 and he was born in Liverpool, Lancashire. Because of the size of his family, he rarely saw his father, a merchant mariner.
While in Morecambe, Lancashire, with three separate families after being evacuated there as a youngster during World War II. The year was 1948, and Bell, at 15 years old, made his acting debut in school productions.
Keith, his younger sibling, followed in his footsteps and became an actress. He studied acting with Esme Church at the Bradford Civic Theatre after graduating high school, where he also met Billie Whitelaw and Robert Stephens. Later, he performed in Liverpool and Dublin’s repertory companies.
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How Was Tom Bell’s Personal Life?
The couple, who met in 1960, were married until 1976. They raised an actor-son named Aran. From 1976 until his passing, he was married to costume designer Frances Tempest, with whom he had two children, Nellie (his stepdaughter) and Polly (his daughter).
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