Actor Paul Bhattacharjee, who was found dead yesterday aged 53, played Benedick in the Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing at Stratford-upon-Avon last year alongside Meera Syal.
The RSC co-star of Paul Bhattacharjee said there is "a sense of disbelief" about the actor's death, London's Evening Standard newspaper reports.
Kulvinder Ghir, who appeared alongside Bhattacharjee in Much Ado about Nothing, told the paper: “Paul’s death is shocking. There is a sense of disbelief because he had so much energy in him.”
Police recovered the body of the Casino Royale and EastEnders actor, 53, early yesterday near cliffs in East Sussex.
Ghir, who starred in Bend it Like Beckham and sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, said: “Paul really spoke through the tremendous body of his work. He really tried to take on roles that he could work with and develop a message about."
Our Colleague and friend Paul Bhattacharjee has been missing since last Wed evening. If you have any info pls call Missing Persons on 116000
Police are stepping up their search for the missing film and theatre actor Paul Bhattacharjee.
It's been a week since the last sighting of the 53-year-old - who appeared in the James Bond film "Casino Royale", "Dirty Pretty Things", Eastenders and more.
He left rehearsals for the Weekly Rep at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square at around 6.15pm on July 10, texted his wife at 9pm but hasn't been heard from since.
Police have described the disappearance as "out of character".
Police say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of a 12-year-old girl missing from her home in Croydon. Brooke Blakeman left on Saturday carrying a bag of clothes, and was last seen on a tram travelling towards Wimbledon.
Police say Brooke left without saying where she was going, and hasn't been in touch with her parents, friends or family. She hasn't attended her school in Carshalton this week.
It is believed she has left without an Oyster card and any cash - and is unlikely to have access to any money.
Police are appealing for help in finding a man missing from Hackney. Dominic Myrie, who's 82, was last seen at 5pm on Wednesday 1 May on Queensbridge Road. He's described as black, 5' 6" tall, of medium build with short black hair.
When last seen, he was wearing a grey jacket, cream cardigan, shirt and dark blue trousers. Officers are growing increasingly concerned as Mr Myrie suffers from dementia. He is known to frequent the Wandsworth, Enfield and Hackney areas. Anyone who's seen him is asked to contact Hackney police.
Police from Acton are growing increasingly concerned for the safety and welfare of an elderly woman who went missing this morning in the Greenford area.
70-year-old Maria Abreu was last seen at 8:30am on Ridding Lane.
Maria is Portuguese and arrived in the UK in 2012 to spend time with her family. She does not speak any English and appeared in a vulnerable state before she went missing.
She has contacts in both the Greenford and Acton areas.
The grandmother is described as having dark hair and eyes and 5ft 7in tall.
She was last seen wearing a red two-piece suit and carrying a large brown paper bag and a black holdall or handbag.
Anyone who has seen Maria is asked to contact Acton CID on 020 8721 7036.
Police are appealing for assistance to help trace a missing woman from Romford.
32-year-old Sharifah Winnett was last seen at around 1pm yesterday in Romford town centre.
Sharifah suffers from depression and her family and friends are worried about her present state of mind.
She is described as 5ft 4inches tall, of slim build, with long dark hair and brown eyes.
Sharifah was last seen wearing a brown fur coat, blue jeans, black hat and sunglasses.
Anyone who has seen Sharifah, or knows of her whereabouts, is asked to contact Havering Police on 101 quoting CAD reference 6398/22Feb.
Alternatively call the charity Missing People on 116 000.
Shelley's mother Lisa told the Croydon Advertiser today she is "absolutely thrilled" that she has been found alive. "I can't wait to get her home, though I don't know when that will be." she said.
Her worried parents spoke to ITV News London on the 15th December and pleaded with her to come home.
The teenager who had reportedly gone missing twice previously - was last seen on 8 December. Her parents made an appeal for her to come home in time for Christmas but hadn't seen her for weeks.
Police confirmed today a sighting had been reported to police yesterday and Shelley was now in their care.