Antonia Bird


LONDON (AP) - British director Antonia Bird, known for films such as "Face," ''Priest" and "Mad Love," has died. She was 54.

The BBC, citing Bird's agent, said Saturday the director had been suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer and had died in her sleep.

Bird worked for several years at the Royal Court Theater before switching to TV in the mid-1980s. She racked up a string of credits on shows such as "Spooks" and "EastEnders."

Actor Robert Carlyle, who appeared in a number of Bird's films, tweeted Saturday that it's "such a sad day... farewell to my beautiful friend."

"Priest," Bird's 1994 debut feature about a traditional Catholic who begins questioning the church's values, won awards at the Toronto, Berlin and Edinburgh film festivals.

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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Please accept my condolence and heartfelt prayers for the loss of Antonia. When someone we love dies naturally we look for comfort, (2 Cor.1:3) says that God is the God of all comfort. It is my hope all of you will find encouragement knowing also that our loving Creator comfort all who mourns the loss of their love ones (Isaiah 61:1, 2).

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and close friends of Antonia Bird. Please allow God to be your refuge and your strength during this time of sorrow.--Psalm 91:2.

Have no way of leaving a message it seems except here, ....a total role model for all women in the industry, will never be forgotten. on behalf of CT I send love and condolences. Mr Antonia (Ian) if you are out there ....somewhere...I remember all the smiles and laughter shared, long long ago....Love. E

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of comfort guide you during this sad time.

My wife and I are very sorry about your loss. Our condolences go out to you, your family and friends. We have found much comfort at Psalms 55:22. It show us that Our Heavenly Father cares for us and can help us with our grief and loneliness. Please read.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

With deepest sympathy to the Bird Family.
May the Hearer of Prayer (Psalm 83:18) give you strength, courage and peace in your time of sorrow (Psalm 65:2). And may you always cherish the wonderful memories of time spent with her.