Stephen Fry was among the first to pay tribute to the late Bob Hoskins, who has died after suffering from pneumonia aged 71.
“Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news,” he tweeted.
“The Long Good Friday was one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.”
The actor and QI presenter was joined by British Academy of Film and Television Awards, who nominated Hoskins for three and won one.
They tweeted: “We're deeply saddened to learn that Bob Hoskins has passed away.”
The British Film Council also offered their condolences, tweeting: “So sad to hear we lost Bob Hoskins - one of UK's truly great performers.”
Others took to the social media site to pay their respects, as his best-loved films Hook, his Hook character Smee and Who Framed Rodger Rabbit began trending within minutes of the news:
Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins. Worked with him twice. Always a laughOmid Djalili (@omid9) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins!!! In your memory I will show my boys Roger Rabbit this weekend.Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins, Long Good Friday one of the best movies ever made! You will be missed!Martin Kemp (@realmartinkemp) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins pic.twitter.com/IfalmeHCoyexample (@example) April 30, 2014
So sad to hear we lost Bob Hoskins - one of UK's truly great performers http://t.co/FGhavfviynBritish Council Film (@British_Film) April 30, 2014
Terribly sad news about Bob Hoskins. A pleasure to have shared the screen with you mate. An Actors actor and a gentleman to boot. RIPNick Frost (@nickjfrost) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins. The man made some classics. My great friend Shane was lucky enough to have directed him. pic.twitter.com/46aE19wA8RPaddy Considine (@PaddyConsidine) April 30, 2014
So sad to hear we've lost the great Bob Hoskins. A true gent and an inspiration. Happy memories of the Willows in 06 pic.twitter.com/99Xv57h7OcMark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) April 30, 2014
Goodbye to a giant of British cinema RIP bob Hoskins xShane Richie (@realshanerichie) April 30, 2014
Hoskins, whose screen roles during his four-decade-long career spanned from gritty gangster films to animated hits, retired from acting in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
He built his reputation on the stage in the Sixties and won critical acclaim for his performance as Harold Shand, an East End gangster in the 1980 underworld film, The Long Good Friday.
He was nominated for an Oscar in 1987 for his role as a petty criminal in the British film Mona Lisa in 1987, but lost out to Paul Newman.
“The other nominees raised their glasses to him and I said, 'What the f**k are you talking about?” he quipped at the time.
He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as a private detective opposite the animated Roger Rabbit the following year.