London, England – Hugh Hudson, the director of the iconic film “Chariots of Fire”, has passed away at the age of 86 following a short illness and confinement at Charing Cross Hospital in London on Friday, February 10.

Hugh Hudson
Photo of Hugh Hudson. Credits to Getty Images

The film, which was released in 1981, was nominated for seven Oscars and won four, including best picture, original score, writing, and costume design in 1982. According to the British Film Institute, “Chariots of Fire” became one of the decade’s most controversial British films and is ranked at number 19 on the BFI’s Top 100 British Films.

Actor Nigel Havers, who starred in the film, expressed his sadness at the news of Hudson’s passing, saying he was “beyond devastated.” Havers added that “Chariots of Fire” was one of the greatest experiences of his professional life and that he owed much of what followed to Hudson.

Born in London in 1936, Hudson went to boarding school and then on to study at Eton College. Hugh Hudson devoted a portion of his life to serving his country by joining the Dragoon Guards and dedicating himself to the Army Reserve of Officers. He served proudly until his discharge in 1960. Hudson later entered the creative industry, working in a London-based advertising firm before moving into documentaries and television commercials.

We share with disbelief and sorrow that Hugh Hudson left behind his wife, the talented former James Bond actress Maryam D’Abo, his son Thomas, and his first wife Sue. The heartbreaking news of his passing arrived just under nine months after the world mourned the loss of the incomparable composer of “Chariots of Fire”, Vangelis.

Hugh Hudson will be remembered as a visionary film director who made a lasting impact on the film industry. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fans.