07/18/2013 12:50 pm ET Updated Jul 18, 2013

Paul Bhattacharjee, 'Casino Royale' Actor, Found Dead One Week After Going Missing

British actor Paul Bhattacharjee has been found dead one week after he was declared missing.

The body of Bhattacharjee, who appeared in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Casino Royale," was found near the Splash Point cliffs in Seaford, East Essex, on July 12, according to the BBC. His identity was confirmed Wednesday after Sussex Police reached out to the Metropolitan Police saying a body matching the actor's description had been found.

Police told the BBC the 53-year-old's death is not being treated as suspicious.

Bhattacharjee was last seen on Wednesday, July 10, leaving the Royal Court theater in London around 6:15 p.m. according to the Guardian. He texted his girlfriend around 9 p.m. that night. She was the last person to speak with him.

His friends and family reached out to the press, pleading for his safe return, after he failed to come home last week.

“I am completely shocked at this news," Meera Syal, an actress who has worked with Bhattacharjee, told the London Evening Standard after his disappearance. “This is so out of character as Paul has such an incredibly professional work ethic. I saw him a fortnight ago and he was very happy with the way things were going with work and about his relationship with his girlfriend.”

His 24-year-old son, Rahul Bhattacharjee-Prashar, was also shocked by his father's disappearance, telling the newspaper he had been doing well with his career and everything seemed to be "okay."

The actor was part of a Royal Court acting ensemble and on the night of July 10 he was seen leaving rehearsal.

“We are deeply shocked and completely devastated at the loss of our dear friend and brilliant colleague," Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone said in a statement to The Stage. "Paul has been such an important part of the world of theatre in so many ways and we shall miss him terribly. We can’t even begin to imagine the impact his loss will have on everyone who knew him and all of our thoughts are with his loved ones.”

Bhattacharjee has also appeared on the small screen in series like "Doctors," "EastEnders," "The Fixer" and "Waking the Dead."



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