Renowned Irish actor Ray Stevenson, remembered for a prolific career that spanned TV series such as "Rome", "Vikings", and "Dexter", has passed away at the age of 59, the BBC has reported.
A Star on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Stevenson carved a notable path for himself in both TV and film, building an enviable resume that included roles in Hollywood blockbusters like "Thor" and "Divergent".
Not forgetting his roots, he also lent his talent to the British television scene with appearances in series such as "Band of Gold", "Peak Practice", and "Murphy's Law". His documentary film Viewpoint confirmed Stevenson's passing.
However, it did not disclose the circumstances surrounding his death. What is known is that Stevenson was admitted to the hospital while filming an action movie on the picturesque Italian island of Ischia. The news of his death sparked a wave of heartfelt tributes.
Among those expressing their sorrow was RRR director SS Rajamouli, who wrote, “Just can’t believe this news. Ray brought in so much energy and vibrancy with him to the sets. It was infectious. Working with him was pure joy.
My prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace”.
Shocking... Just can't believe this news. Ray brought in so much energy and vibrancy with him to the sets. It was infectious. Working with him was pure joy.
My prayers are with his family.
A Journey from Northern Ireland to Hollywood Stardom
Born in Northern Ireland in 1964, Stevenson moved to England at the age of eight.
His early years were influenced by a military lineage, with his grandfather serving in the Royal Air Force (RAF) at a base near Lisburn. His family later relocated to Newcastle, which became his childhood home. Stevenson’s passion for acting was ignited after watching John Malkovich in a London stage play.
Stevenson honed his acting skills at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School, securing one of his initial TV roles in the drama "The Dwelling Place". He gradually ascended the ranks, featuring in popular British TV series including 'Waking the Dead', 'Dalziel and Pascoe' and 'At Home with the Braithwaites'
His breakthrough in the international arena came in 2004 when he played a knight in the Hollywood film "King Arthur". Stevenson's momentum continued, and he scored roles in successful American TV series and films, like the role of Vostagg in the "Thor" trilogy, and the critically acclaimed portrayal of Titus Pullo in the HBO historical series "Rome".
Fans can look forward to one last performance from the beloved actor in the upcoming Disney+ series "Star Wars: Ahsoka," a project Stevenson had completed prior to his death. His legacy will undoubtedly endure, illuminated by a career that spanned continents and genres, touching countless hearts along the way.