‘Beauty and the Beast’ Actor Dead at 60

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Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Lumiere all looking sad in a dark room

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Actor Adrian Schiller, most well-known for his performances in Beauty and the Beast (2017), Last Kingdom, Victoria, and Doctor Who, has sadly died at 60 years old.

Adrian Schiller as Monsieur D'Arque in Beauty and the Beast (2017)
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The beloved actor died suddenly on April 3, 2024. This was confirmed by his agency, Scott Marshall Partners, in a statement in People:

“It is with the heaviest and saddest hearts that we announce the death of our beloved client, Adrian Schiller, on Wednesday 3 April. He has died far too soon, and we, his family, and close friends are devastated by the loss. His death was sudden and unexpected and no further details around its cause are yet available.”

According to the agency, Schiller had just finished an Australian tour as Henry Lehman in The Lehman Trilogy with the National Theatre and was looking forward to continuing the tour in San Francisco. Rufus Norris, the director of the National Theatre, released a statement on behalf of the company:

“We are deeply saddened and shocked to have lost our company member and friend, Adrian Schiller. His recent performance as Henry Lehman in the Australian premiere of The Lehman Trilogy was superb and his presence in the company will be greatly missed.”

Finally, his sister, Ginny, reached out on his X account to let friends and family know about the tragic loss:

“I’m so sorry to let you all know that our beloved brother Adrian died suddenly at home yesterday. He had so many very dear friends – sorry to those of you who are learning about this here. We will say more about funeral and/or memorial plans in due course.”

Adrian Schiller: A Beloved “Actor Chap” and Father

Adrian Schiller carrying his son, Gabriel, on his shoulders through a forest, Adrian Schiller in Victoria
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Born in London, England, on February 21, 1964, Adrian Schiller has acted professionally since 1992, proclaiming himself an “actor chap” on X. His first role was in an episode of Prime Suspect, and he soon became the face of the anti-drunk-driving campaign

He is most well-known for starring in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast as Monsieur D’Arque, the man who runs the insane asylum, as well as the British series Victoria and Last Kingdom. Schiller has also appeared in countless classic movies, shows, and video games, including The Danish Girl (2015), Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (2009), Bright Star (2009), Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (2010), Suffragette (2015), and multiple roles throughout Doctor Who‘s long existence.

He is survived by his wife, Milena, and son, Gabriel. According to his sister, his family is taking things one step at a time.

“For now, we’re taking things one step at a time, supporting Milena and Gabriel as best we can and trying to get our heads around the unimaginable. Please don’t send flowers but if anyone wants to make a gesture, we will be setting up Trust for Gabriel and there’s a link below.”

Here is the link for Gabriel’s Trust.

Our thoughts are with Adrian Schiller’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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