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It's all in the cheekbones, this career of mine. They are quite whopping, aren't they? Who was it that said, 'He looks like he's got a clavicle stuck in his mouth?'

Pete Postlethwaite’s most high profile roles include Hollywood smash hits such as Romeo and Juliet and The Usual Suspects. In his home country of the UK though he’s probably best known for his signature gruff northern accent and moving performances in character rich dramas such as Brassed Off.

Postlethwaite chose a career in education and trained to become a teacher focusing on physical education and drama. He began teaching at Loreto College, Manchester but it wasn’t long before his passion for acting pulled him full time into the world of theatre. He quickly built an impressive resume of stage performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, where he acted alongside the likes of Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce and Julie Walters.

His career diversified from stage to screen and back again throughout his life. A dedicated professional above all else, Postlethwaite returned to Hollywood, despite being terminally ill, in 2010 to film his final three movies: Inception, Clash of the Titans, and The Town. And it was for The Town that Pete Postlethwaite was posthumously nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

When he wasn’t acting he was an avid campaigner and political activist, particularly in the sphere of climate change. At the 2009 premiere of the climate change focused film The Age of Stupid he announced that he would return his Order of the British Empire if plans for the development of the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station were given the go ahead, plans which were shelved by the coalition government in October 2010.