Ewen MacIntosh who played Keith in The Office and studied in Edinburgh has died aged 50

The actor studied at the University of Edinburgh and was involved in student theatre.
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Tributes have been paid to The Office star Ewen MacIntosh, who has died at the age of 50.

The actor, who was born in Wales but studied at the University of Edinburgh, was best known as playing Keith in The Office alongside Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman. During his time at university, where he studied linguistics, he was actively involved with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company.

Ewen MacIntosh, who famously portrayed 'Big Keith' in sitcom The Office, has died at the age of 50. (Credit: Getty Images)Ewen MacIntosh, who famously portrayed 'Big Keith' in sitcom The Office, has died at the age of 50. (Credit: Getty Images)
Ewen MacIntosh, who famously portrayed 'Big Keith' in sitcom The Office, has died at the age of 50. (Credit: Getty Images)
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MacIntosh's death was confirmed by his management company JustRight Management, which said in a statement: "With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved comedy genius Ewen MacIntosh. His family thank all who supported him, especially Willow Green Care Home."

His death has prompted tributes from fans and friends, with long-time collaborator Ricky Gervais among those remembering the star. MacIntosh worked with Gervais on several shows including The Office, Life's Too Short and After Life.

Gervais said on X (formerly Twitter): "Extremely sad news. The very funny and very lovely Ewen Macintosh, known to many as 'Big Keith' from The Office, has passed away. An absolute original. RIP."

Ed Scott, an executive producer who was close with MacIntosh also paid tribute, saying: "Ewen was so full of empathy, kindness, and integrity and above all a really good man... He was a firm friend first and foremost but I also was fortunate to have worked on several occasions with him nailing every take with great humour despite the scripts I made him recite!"

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