‘Trainspotting’ actor Vincent Friell dies aged 64

Vincent Friell, the actor best known for his role in Trainspotting, has died at the age of 64.

The Scottish actor appeared in Danny Boyle’s 1996 film playing the father of Kelly Macdonald’s character Diane. His other credits include the 1985 cult classic Restless Natives, in which he played Will ‘The Wolfman’

The news was confirmed by his agent, who said he died “unexpectedly in hospital” on April 14. “There has been an outpouring of love from actors, directors, writers, creatives and crew who admired his work as a gifted actor and loved him as a gentle, kind, warmhearted friend with a fantastic wit and humour.”

Tributes have been paid to Friell from across the entertainment world.

Rab C. Nesbitt creator Ian Pattison spoke fondly of the actor after he appeared on a 1992 episode of the comedy show, saying: “His passing has come as a huge shock to his many friends and work colleagues. What comes over clearly is how respected Vince was, not only as an actor but as a funny, sensitive and caring human being.” [via the Independent].

Meanwhile, former radio presenter Ronnie McGhie said: “I’m totally shocked to hear that Scottish actor Vincent Friell has passed away.

“He was in many programmes, but it’s his performance in the movie Restless Natives that he’ll be remembered for. A wonderful film. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Vincent, you shall be missed.”

Friell is survived by his wife Alana and their two children.