Director Antonia Bird Dies Aged 52
British TV and film director Antonia Bird has died aged 52 after a seven-month struggle with cancer.
Bird is best known for her run of films in the 1990s, including Priest (1994), Face (1997) and Ravenous (1999) as well as her television work on Spooks and EastEnders.
In a statement, her partner said she died on Thursday after battling a rare anaplastic thyroid cancer.
"Despite a determined fight, she had come to terms with the inevitable in the last few weeks and died peacefully in her sleep," the statement said.
Trainspotting actor Robert Carlyle, who starred in many of Bird's films, paid tribute to her on Twitter.
"Such a sad day today. RIP Antonia Bird. Farewell my beautiful friend."
Nico Mirallegro, who worked with Bird in the recent BBC series The Village, said she was an inspirational figure.
"I'm so pleased that I got the chance to learn from and work with such an inspirational person. Loved everything about her."
Bird won several TV Baftas over her career, including best single drama award for Safe (1993), a BBC Two drama about homeless teenagers, and Care (2000), which focused on sexual abuse in children's homes.
She also won a Bafta Children's Award in 2009 for poetry documentary Off By Heart.