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Adrian Schiller, “Victoria” and “The Last Kingdom ”Actor, Dead at 60

Schiller, who also appeared in 'Doctor Who' and 'Beauty and the Beast', died "suddenly" on April 4

<p>Mike Marsland/WireImage</p> Adrian Schiller on Dec. 13, 2017, in London, England

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Adrian Schiller on Dec. 13, 2017, in London, England

Adrian Schiller, known for his roles in British historical dramas Victoria and The Last Kingdom, had died. He was 60.

On April 4, Scott Marshall Partners — the actor’s talent agency of more than three decades — confirmed Schiller's death in a statement shared with PEOPLE.

"It is with the heaviest and saddest hearts that we announce the death of our beloved client, Adrian Schiller, on Wednesday 3 April," the statement began. "He has died far too soon, and we, his family and close friends are devastated by the loss. His death was sudden and unexpected and no further details around its cause are yet available."

According to the agency, Schiller had recently returned from Sydney, where he was touring the National Theatre-produced run of the play The Lehman Trilogy. He “was looking forward to” continuing the international tour in San Francisco, the announcement read.

<p>Alastair Muir/Shutterstock</p> Adrian Schiller performing at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park on June 4, 2001

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Adrian Schiller performing at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park on June 4, 2001

Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, penned a tribute to the star on the theater’s X account.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked to have lost our company member and friend,” Norris wrote. “His recent performance as Henry Lehman in the Australian premiere of The Lehman Trilogy was superb and his presence in the company will be greatly missed.”

His sister Ginny also posted to the actor’s X account, “Dear all. This is Ginny. I’m so sorry to let you all know that our beloved brother Adrian died suddenly at home yesterday. He had so many very dear friends - sorry to those of you who are learning about this here. We will say more about funeral and/or memorial plans in due course.”

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<p> ITV/Shutterstock</p> Adrian Schiller as Mr. Cornelius Penge in 'Victoria'

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Adrian Schiller as Mr. Cornelius Penge in 'Victoria'

Ginny added that the family was “taking things one step at a time” while offering support to Schiller’s wife Milena and his son Gabriel as they wrap their minds “around the unimaginable.”

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Schiller was born Feb. 21, 1964, in London, England. His acting career spanned over thirty years, with his on-screen debut coming in 1992’s Prime Suspect 2 starring Helen Mirren. He would continue his early career on television, appearing in shows like the BBC’s Doctor Who and TV movies such as Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal.

Schiller occasionally took film roles — most notably in 2015’s critically acclaimed The Danish Girl and 2017’s Hollywood live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. However, he was best known for his roles in ITV’s Victoria as the royal family’s footman, Mr. Cornelius Penge, and in BBC Two and Netflix’s The Last Kingdom.

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