Julia Roberts leads tribute to Notting Hill director Roger Michell

‘I loved every minute we spent together’: Julia Roberts leads tribute to late Notting Hill director Roger Michell after his death at age 65

  • The 53-year-old actress, who co-starred with Hugh Grant in the 1999 romantic comedy, praised the late filmmaker as “such a kind and gentle man.”
  • After posting a sweet photo and touching caption to Instagram, she also told E!: “He always had a sweet grin on his face and a perfect bit of direction to share”
  • Roger passed away on Wednesday, but his cause of death has not been disclosed
  • Stars including Sam Claflin and Samantha Morton also paid tribute










Julia Roberts has paid tribute to Notting Hill director Roger Michell, following his tragic death at age 65 on Wednesday.

The 53-year-old actress, who starred alongside Hugh Grant in the 1999 romantic comedy, praised the late filmmaker as “such a kind and gentle man” and said: “I loved every minute we spent together.”

After posting a sweet photo and touching caption on Instagram, she also told E!: “He always had a sweet grin on his face and a perfect bit of direction to share. I feel so lucky to have had such a fantastic opportunity to work with him.”

Pained: Julia Roberts paid tribute to Notting Hill director Roger Michell, following his tragic death at age 65 on Wednesday (Julia pictured in 1999 film)

Julia also expressed her condolences to “the true lights of his life,” his children Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow.

Roger passed away on Wednesday, but his cause of death has not been released.

A statement from his publicist said: “It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announced his passing on September 22 at the age of 65.”

Roger was also known for the 2006 comedy-drama film Venus, which starred Vanessa Redgrave, Peter O’Toole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker, and Richard Griffiths.

Love: The actress, 53, praised the late filmmaker as 'such a kind and gentle man' and stated: 'I loved every minute we spent together'

Love: The actress, 53, praised the late filmmaker as ‘such a kind and gentle man’ and stated: ‘I loved every minute we spent together’

Long ago: Julia starred alongside Hugh Grant in the 1999 romantic comedy

Long ago: Julia starred alongside Hugh Grant in the 1999 romantic comedy

He has directed numerous A-list stars during his career, including Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson in the 2002 thriller ‘Changing Lanes’, and Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton in the 2010 romantic comedy ‘Morning Glory’.

Several other stars have paid tribute to the filmmaker, including Samantha Morton.

She wrote on Twitter: “So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Roger Michell, a wonderful director with tremendous integrity and compassion, in this world his kindness was so important to me…

Touching: Several other stars have paid tribute to the filmmaker, including Samantha Morton

Touching: Several other stars have paid tribute to the filmmaker, including Samantha Morton

Touching: Sam Neill tweeted, “#RogerMichell.  That sweet man.  Died in his sleep last night.  We, the cast, and our director Roger, all tattooed a bird after shooting Blackbird friends for life.  Roger was only 65. We're all broken'

Touching: Sam Neill tweeted, “#RogerMichell. That sweet man. Died in his sleep last night. We, the cast, and our director Roger, all tattooed a bird after shooting Blackbird friends for life. Roger was only 65. We’re all broken’

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Thank you Roger for being so wonderful to all of us. Lasting Love… (sic)’

Sam Neill tweeted: “#RogerMichell. That sweet man. Died in his sleep last night. We, the cast, and our director Roger, all tattooed a bird after shooting Blackbird friends for life. Roger was only 65. We are all gutted…

“I mourn his family. Great person. Val Roger. xx (sic)’

Sam Claflin wrote: ‘Mr Michell, you were truly one of the best men I have ever had the privilege of working with. Patient. Friendly. Lovingly. Sir, you will be missed. Love for your family. Love to everyone. Life is too short.

#RogerMichell (sic)’

An Honor: Sam Claflin wrote, “Mr Michell, you were truly one of the finest men I have ever had the privilege of working with.  Patient.  Friendly.  Lovingly.  Sir, you will be missed.  Love for your family.  Love to everyone.  Life is too short'

An Honor: Sam Claflin wrote, “Mr Michell, you were truly one of the finest men I have ever had the privilege of working with. Patient. Friendly. Lovingly. Sir, you will be missed. Love for your family. Love to everyone. Life is too short’

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