Sir Alan Parker, who directed Bugsy Malone and Evita, dies aged 76

  • Video report by ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar

Acclaimed British film director Sir Alan Parker has died aged 76.

A statement from a spokeswoman, sent on behalf of the family, said Sir Alan had died on Friday morning “following a lengthy illness”.

Among some of his most famous films include Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Evita and Angela’s Ashes.

Film director David Puttnam paid tribute to Sir Alan, saying: “Alan was my oldest and closest friend, I was always in awe of his talent.

“My life and those of many others who loved and respected him will never be the same again.”

Director Nick Murphy described Sir Alan as a “huge talent” in a tweet, writing: “Alan Parker made so many wonderful movies. Just wonderful. A huge talent. As I’m sure you know. RIP Alan Parker.”