Kate Beckinsale has introduced the demise of her stepfather, the TV director Roy Battersby, and has stated she has “no words” to describe the loss.
Mr Battersby, 87, was finest recognized for his work on detective dramas together with Inspector Morse, Cracker and A Touch Of Frost.
He had suffered “a massive stroke” and was being handled in hospital in Los Angeles, the place the actress lives. He was additionally battling two types of most cancers, which have been identified final summer season.
The British actress, 50, stated on Instagram: “I have no words yet… I fought for you with everything I had. Oh Roy I am so sorry I lost”.
She additionally shared a video and photograph carousel of Battersby, who was married to her mom Judy Loe, alongside a household assertion that stated: “It is with nice sorrow that the household of movie and tv director Roy Battersby announce the information of his current demise after a short interval of sickness.
“He passed away peacefully on 10 January 2024, in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, aged 87. Funeral will be held in London, details to follow.”
Last week, the Underworld star posted a black sq. with out a caption on her Instagram account, which many took to imply he had handed away.
Earlier this month, Beckinsale rushed from the Golden Globes ceremony to hospital to be by her stepfather’s facet, sharing pictures of herself on the purple carpet and in hospital with the caption: “Golden globes 2024 start to end.”
Her mom, Judy, married Roy Battersby in 1997, 18 years after her first husband, Porridge actor Richard Beckinsale, died.
The funeral will likely be held in London, with Beckinsale suggesting additional particulars would observe.