In this image released by PBS, Tim Pigott-Smith appears in a scene from "King Charles III," airing May 14 on Masterpiece on PBS. (Drama Republic for BBC and MASTERPIECE/PBS via AP)

UK actor leaves behind TV version of acclaimed stage role

April 15, 2017 - 7:20 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — British actor Tim Pigott-Smith left behind a TV adaptation of one of his most acclaimed stage performances, the title role in "King Charles III."

The drama starring Pigott-Smith, who died earlier this month at age 70, airs May 14 on PBS (check local listings for time and station).

The actor received Olivier and Tony award nominations for the London and New York runs of Mike Bartlett's play, which imagines the outcome after Charles inherits the British throne from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. At 90, she is the nation's longest-reigning monarch.

Pigott-Smith already was a stage and screen veteran when he gained international attention as a sadistic police officer in British-controlled India in the 1980s miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown," which also aired on PBS.

"King Charles III" co-stars Oliver Chris as Prince William and Charlotte Riley as his wife, Kate.

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