British TV and film director Antonia Bird dies aged 54

Director of Robert Carlyle films Priest, Face and Ravenous has passed away

Antonia Bird, the British TV and filmmaker who directed Priest and Ravenous, has passed away aged 54.


She had been suffering from rare anaplastic thyroid cancer. A statement from her partner said: “Despite a determined fight, she had come to terms with the inevitable in the last few weeks and died peacefully in her sleep.”

Bafta award-winning director Bird is perhaps most well known for her films Priest, Face and Ravenous, all of which starred Robert Carlyle. She also worked on Spooks, Eastenders, Casualty and The Bill – and most recently directed episodes of BBC1’s period drama The Village, which starred John Simm and Maxine Peake. 

Friends, fans and former collegues have taken to Twitter to share tributes to the London-born director: