EW Staff
October 26, 2013 AT 07:47 AM EDT

British television and film director Antonia Bird, best known for directing Priest (1994), Mad Love (1995), and Ravenous (1999) died Thursday in London at the age of 54 due to an unspecified illness.

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh tweeted his condolences, as did Bird’s friend, actor Robert Carlyle.

Antonia made amazing films. She was my partner with @markcousinsfilm and @robertcarlyle_ So sad they’ve gone, so lucky to have known them.

— Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) October 25, 2013

Such a sad day today.. RIP Antonia Bird. Farewell my beautiful friend xxx

— Robert Carlyle (@robertcarlyle_) October 25, 2013


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