Actor 'bankrupt' before death

An actor whose body was found near cliffs in East Sussex was declared bankrupt the day before he disappeared, according to The Independent. Paul Bhattacharjee starred in James Bond film Casino Royale and EastEnders.

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Paul Bhattacharjee 'declared bankrupt' before death

Actor Paul Bhattacharjee, whose body was found near cliffs in East Sussex earlier this week, was declared bankrupt the day before he went missing from a theatre, according to The Independent.

Paul Bhattacharjee appeared in Casino Royale and Eastenders.
Paul Bhattacharjee appeared in Casino Royale and Eastenders. Credit: Press Association

The bankruptcy action was reportedly filed by HM Revenue and Customs.

Bhattacharjee, who appeared in Casino Royale and Eastenders, was last seen leaving the Royal Court theatre in London on 10 July. His body was later found at Splash Point cliffs in Seaford.

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Death of actor Paul Bhattacharjee 'shocking'

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.”

Paul Bhattacharjee starred in Much Ado about Nothing last year Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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."

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Tributes to 'pioneer and legend' Paul Bhattacharjee

Tributes were paid to the actor Paul Bhattacharjee tonight, with many from the theatre world taking to Twitter to express their sadness.

Director Jamie Lloyd wrote:

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Very sad to hear about the death of Paul Bhattacharjee. He was a very fine actor. My thoughts are with his family.

Muzz Khan, who appeared in Much Ado About Nothing alongside the late actor, said:

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Paul Bhattacharjee's disappearance took us all by surprise. His death has crushed us. He was a pioneer and legend. I hope he's found peace.

Playwright Duncan Gates wrote:

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'“When you depart from me sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave.” RIP Paul Bhattacharjee.

Paul Bhattacharjee was due on stage this week

Paul Bhattacharjee starred in EastEnders and films Casino Royale The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, White Teeth and Dirty Pretty Things.

He had been due to appear in this week's play Talk Show at the Royal Court. His role in the play, which began last night, was recast.

Meera Syal and Paul Bhattacharjee in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing play at the Courtyard Theatre, Strafford Upon Avon. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

He was part of the theatre's company of 14 actors performing in the Weekly Rep series, which sees six plays staged in six weeks, and had already appeared in two of the productions.

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Body found of missing actor Paul Bhattacharjee

The body of actor Paul Bhattacharjee who disappeared from a theatre a week ago has been found, police said tonight.

Mr Bhattacharjee, who starred in James Bond film Casino Royale and EastEnders, had last been seen leaving rehearsals at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, London, on July 10 and appeared to walk in the direction of a nearby Tube station.

Paul Bhattacharjee went missing on July 10. Credit: Press Assocation

The 53-year-old was said to be in good spirits that evening but after sending his girlfriend a text message at 9pm, no-one heard from him and he was reported missing.

Scotland Yard was contacted by officers in Sussex this morning and told that the body of a man matching his description had been found near cliffs at Splash Point in Seaford, East Sussex, last Friday.

Mr Bhattacharjee, from Redbridge, north-east London, was formally identified today and his next of kin have been informed. His death is not being treated as suspicious.