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Acclaimed Actor Vincent Friell of ‘Restless Natives’ Dies Aged 64



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Vincent Friell, an actor best known for his role as the father (or flatmate) of Ewan McGregor’s love interest Diane, has reportedly tragically passed away at the age of 64.

A cause of death for the actor has not been released, however, it has been revealed that Friell died in the hospital surrounded by his family under unexpected circumstances.

A remembrance posted by Brennan Artists reads,

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and client, Vincent Friell, who died unexpectedly in hospital with his family around him on Sunday 14th April. He is perhaps best known to the public for his portrayal of Will The Wolfman’ in cult classic ‘Restless Natives.

However, he was a hugely respected actor within the Scottish theatre, TV and film community and 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 Vince was a favourite of legendary Scottish writer John Byrne. He performed in several productions of the Slab Boys, appearing alongside Robert Carlyle and Alan Cumming in 1987 at Dundee Rep. He also appeared in the Trilogy of plays at the Young Vic in 1994.

Vince was part of the cast of Liz Lochhead’s ‘Perfect Days’ which transferred from the Traverse Theatre to London’s West End in the late 90’s and he continued to work with theatres such as Borderline, The Arches, Dundee Rep, The Tron and Oran Mor’s popular Vince played many memorable roles in iconic Scottish TV series including several episodes.

He also appeared alongside Ray Winstone in ‘Tough Love’ and had roles in Feature Films Above all, however, Vince was an incredibly loving father, husband and friend and we send our love at this difficult time to his wife Alana and 2 children, Connie and Jude.

Friel also starred in a classic series 5 episode of Still Game titled ‘Who’s the Daddy’, starring as the estranged ‘son’ who was trying to take over Jack and Victor’s beloved Clansman.

The BBC reports on his tragic and unexpected death,

The Scottish actor Vincent Friell, who starred in the cult classic film Restless Natives, has died aged 64.

The news was announced by his agent.

In addition to his starring role in the 1985 comedy, the Glasgow native also appeared in Trainspotting, The Angel’s Share and TV shows including Still Game and Rab C Nesbitt.

Film director Carter Ferguson, who worked with Friell on the romantic comedy Fast Romance, described him on social media as “a lovely, funny, talented guy.”

Rab C. Nesbitt creator Ian Pattison remembered his appearance on the comedy in 1992.

He said: “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.”


Rest in peace!

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