Charles Keating, the English actor who journeyed from Shakespeare to soap, has died at the age of 72.

His co-star on US soap opera Another World Alicia Coppola tweeted the news on Saturday. "Charles Keating has passed. I am so very sad. Along w/ @LindaDano he was my very first acting teacher. The actress I am is because of them."

Keating, who had been battling cancer, was a London native and acted in Royal Shakespeare Company productions before turning to television.

He won an Daytime Emmy Award for his recurring role as reformed villain Carl Hutchins on Another World from 1983-1985 and 1991-1998.

Keating also appeared in Sex and the CityXena and Alias, and films including The Bodyguard, the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.