Former EastEnders and James Bond actor, Paul Bhattacharjee, has been found dead a week after being reported missing, the Metro reports.
Bhattacharjee, who played Inzamam between 2008 and 2010 in the hit BBC1 soap as well as playing a doctor in Casino Royale in 2006, had last been seen leaving the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, on July 10th after rehearsals from the play Talk Show which he was due to appear in this week.
The last people to witness his movements claim he left the theatre and walked towards a nearby Tube station, and had seemed in good spirits prior to that.
His girlfriend received a text message from the actor at around 9pm, but after that he was not heard from by anyone else, prompting a missing persons report to be filed.
Friends and family of the star made several pleas for any information over the disappearance, which is claimed to be very out of character, with the actor’s son, Rahul Bhattacharjee-Prasher explaining to the Evening Standard:
“He was doing well in his career and everything seemed to be going okay.”
According to the paper, officers in West Sussex contacted Scotland Yard on Wednesday morning informing them that a body, matching the description of the missing stage and screen star, had been found close to the cliffs at Splash Point in Seaford, East Sussex, on Friday.
The body has since been identified as that of Paul Bhattacharjee, and his next of kin have been informed whilst the police have revealed that his death is not being treated as suspicious.
Since news of the tragedy has spread, many tributes have been made to the actor, whose other previous credits include Waking The Dead, Spooks and The Bill, via social networking site, Twitter, with director Jamie Lloyd posting:
“Very sad to hear about the death of Paul Bhattacharjee. He was a very fine actor. My thoughts are with his family.”
Bhattacharjee’s Much Ado About Nothing co-star Muzz Khan said: “Rest In Peace, Paul Bhattacharjee. I can’t believe you’re gone, mate.”
Whilst playwright Duncan Gates wrote: “‘When you depart from me sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave’. RIP Paul Bhattacharjee.”
And actor Rick Warden wrote: “Having a bad time with the news about friend and colleague Paul Bhattacharjee’s death. An intelligent & charismatic man. Very sad.”