Actor’s body is found at Seaford cliffs

, Potrait, 2011, Credit: Johan Persson/
, Potrait, 2011, Credit: Johan Persson/

The body of an actor who starred in EastEnders and Casino Royale has been found at Splash Point in Seaford.

Paul Bhattacharjee, 53, was last seen leaving the Royal Court Theatre in London’s Sloane Square on July 10.

Leading actors and the theatre reported him as a missing person, with appeals going out on Twitter.

The Met Police were contacted by Sussex Police after a body matching the actor’s description was found at Splash Point cliffs in Seaford last Friday (July 12).

Mr Bhattacharjee’s body was recovered by the lifeboat at 11.56pm following a call from a member of the public at around 9.07pm.

It was confirmed on Wednesday that it was the actor.

Next of kin have been informed and police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

The death has been referred to the coroner’s officer.

A post mortem was carried out on Tuesday and an inquest was due to be opened yesterday (Thursday).

The Met Police previosuly released a statement saying the actor, of the Redbridge area, was last seen at 6.16pm last Wednesday as he left the Royal Court Theatre, where he was appearing in a stage production.

“Mr Bhattacharjee - who also uses the name Gautam Paul Bhattacharjee - texted his girlfriend at approximately 2100hrs on the same day and that was the last of anyone has heard of him,” they said.

“He was captured on CCTV footage walking from the stage door area of the theatre up and external alleyway and turned left as if walking towards Sloane Square tube station.

“This is totally out of character for Mr Bhattacharjee - who has appeared in numerous television and stage productions as well as films, most recently in Dirty Pretty Things, Casino Royale and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Appeals went out from actress Natalie Dew, who said on Twitter: “A wonderful actor andlovely man has gone missing.”

She asked prolific Tweeter Stephen Fry to retweet her message with a link to a missing person website.

The Bend It Like Beckham actress Parminder Nagra and Sex in the City star Kim Cattrall also took to Twitter to appeal for help to find the actor.

After finding out the sad news, Natalie Dew Tweeted: “Dear Paul Bhattacharjee you will be so missed. A wonderful man. I am so honoured to have worked with. Thank you for those drives home.”

Mr Bhattacharjee starred in EastEnders as Inzamam between 2008 and 2010 and played a doctor in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale.

He had also appeared in the films The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, White Teeth and Dirty Pretty Things, and had been due to appear in this week’s play Talk Show at the Royal Court.

Other television appearances included Waking the Dead, Spooks and The Bill.

Last year he appeared as Benedick opposite Meera Syal in an Royal Shakespeare Company production of Much Ado about Nothing.

Photo by Johann Persson