The actor's representative told The Stage that the cause was cancer. Michael Grandage, who directed Beard in Lear for the Donmar, tweeted, "Farewell to the great Tom Beard. A wonderful man and a wonderful actor. We will miss you."
Farewell to the great Tom Beard. A wonderful man and a wonderful actor. We will miss you pic.twitter.com/2e38h4yC3S
— MichaelGrandageCo (@MichaelGrandage) July 20, 2015
Beard appeared in the RSC productions of The Tempest, Pericles, Henry VI parts 1, 2 & 3 and Richard III. His West End credits included The Holy Terror, Three Sisters, Hamlet, She Stoops to Conquer and Becket, as well as appearances in Drawing the Line, King Lear, Apologia, Tusk Tusk, For Services Rendered, Private Lives, Nelson, Macbeth and A Madhouse in Goa.
In addition to his stage work, Beard's numerous film roles included "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," "Hereafter," "Vanity Fair" and "Bridget Jones' Diary," as well as television appearances in "The Great Train Robbery," "EastEnders," "Foyle's War," "Spooks" and "Midsomer Murders,"
Beard was also among the cast of the second part of the BBC's "Hollow Crown" series, which feature Shakespeare's history plays.
The National Theatre tweeted:
Very sad to hear of the death of Tom Beard - a wonderful actor, gone too soon; last here in Hotel. RIP Tom. pic.twitter.com/oVT6bCFnXU
— National Theatre (@NationalTheatre) July 21, 2015