Actress Julia Roberts posted a heartfelt message following the news about the death of “Notting Hill” director Roger Michell. Michell was 65. In her tribute, Roberts posted a black and white photo of the director on her Instagram account.
“I loved every minute we spent together. RIP Roger Michell,” the actress wrote in the caption.
Michell directed the 1999 “Notting Hill” film that starred Roberts and Hugh Grant. In the movie, Roberts played the role of a famous actress who falls in love with a bookshop owner, played by Grant. His other notable movies are “Enduring Love,” “Morning Glory,” “Persuasion,” and “Blackbird.”
Family Announces Death Of Roger Michell
Michell died Wednesday, and his family released a statement through Variety. The statement read: “It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer, and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on September 22nd.”
Talking to People, Roberts called Michell a kind and gentle man” and further said: “He always had a sweet grin on his face and a perfect piece of direction to share. I feel so fortunate to have had such a fantastic opportunity to work with him.” The actress went on to extend her condolences to Michell’s children, calling them “the true lights of his life.”
Sony Picture Classic Extends Condolences
Sony Picture Classic also released a statement on Michell’s passing, saying: “We are devastated and shocked by the news of the passing of our dear friend Roger Michell. We were just with him a few weeks ago in Telluride with The Duke celebrating his exceptional accomplishment. Roger was a world-class filmmaker, one of the best and one of the loveliest and warmest people you will ever meet. We have been close since 1995 when we brought him and his first film Persuasion to Telluride. Our heart goes out to his family and friends who are experiencing the profound sadness we all share.”
Michell’s cause of death has not been released to the public.