Heartbroken Kate Beckinsale announces death of beloved step-dad

Kate Romany Beckinsale, an English actress known for her roles in both action, romance films, and period dramas has confirmed the death of her step-father Roy Battersby after battling stroke and a courageous battle with cancer.

The actress broke the devastating news via her Instagram page.
According to her, she “fought” for him with “everything she had”. It comes after Roy’s health had declined after suffering from a “massive stroke”.

The TV director had also battled two forms of cancer following a devastating diagnosis in 2023.

About Roy Battersby

Roy Battersby was a British television director born in April 20, 1936. He gained attention for his work in drama productions such as Between The Lines, Inspector Morse, Cracker and A Touch of Frost.

In the early days of his career, Roy produced documentary features for the BBC programmes Tomorrow’s World and Towards Tomorrow.

His film Red Mercury was aired at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2005.

Personal life

Battersby was married to actress Judy Loe and became the stepfather of actress Kate Beckinsale.

He was a Trotskyist for some years, but later became a full-time organiser for the now defunct Workers Revolutionary Party. The association had ended by 1981, but the connection led to his being blacklisted by the BBC.

Roy’s death

Roy died at the age of 87, he had been receiving treatment in a Los Angeles hospital for his declining health. Not until last week, when Kate took to Instagram to share an image of a black screen.

Fans instantly trooped into the comment section, offering their condolences to the Pearl Harbour actress.

Now, she has confirmed the date of Roy’s death in an Instagram post.

Taking to her Instagram stories, she shared a newspaper clipping which read: “BATTERSBY, Roy. It is with great sorrow that the family of film and television director Roy Battersby announce the news of his recent death after a brief period of illness. He passed away peacefully on 10 January 2024, in Los Angeles surrounded by family, aged 87. Funeral will be held in London, details to follow.”


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