He became known for his Shakespeare prowess, taking the theatres of Britain by storm opposite the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Patrick Stewart.In his early years, he was invited to join Sir Ian Mc Kellen on the stage for Hamlet – a job that would prove to be especially significant for the up-and-coming actor."I can't read scripts any more because of the trouble with my eyes," she said at the time."And so somebody comes in and reads them to me, like telling me a story.Still describing him as his biggest role model in 2014, he described in an interview with The Guardian how the Gandalf star came to his dressing room with some kind words of wisdom.“To my relief, he was not displeased but questioned me about my plans, my ambitions.However, in 2010 she struck up a friendship with Mills - an ex-Jersey farmer who built a wildlife centre dedicated to British animals on his family land "just a few fields away" from Dench's own home.A couple of years after Williams' death, Mills asked the Skyfall star if she would open the new badger enclosure.
Speaking in an interview with The Times magazine, Dench admitted that she has been attracted to "quite a lot of men over the years", but said a new relationship after losing Williams "never even for a second occurred to me, not for a single second".
Despite moving on to countless roles between the UK and US, he never forgot that first big Broadway production.
He told the Daily Mail last year: “On the first night, our wardrobe mistress Rosie gave each of us these personalised towels.
He had just finished filming his title role as the obstinate royal in King Charles III when it was announced he had died.
His agent John Grant said in a statement: “Tim was one of the great actors of his generation.