Rory Kinnear pays tribute to sister after she dies from coronavirus

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Rory Kinnear celebrates following the live broadcast of The Donmar Warehouse's production of "The Vote" at the Ham Yard Hotel, generously supported by Chapel Down, on May 7, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Donmar Warehouse)
Rory Kinnear has lost his sister to coronavirus. (Getty Images)

Rory Kinnear has paid an emotional tribute to his sister after she lost her life to coronavirus.

The Count Arthur Strong star revealed 48-year-old Karina – who had underlying health problems – had tested positive for COVID-19 last week and died at the weekend, after the family had said goodbye over a video call.

Kinnear wrote in The Guardian: “I played Karina one of her favourite songs and told her how proud I was to have been her brother and what gratitude I felt for what she had taught me about life.

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“We had wanted to be with her together as a family and, under lockdown conditions it was as good as we could have hoped.”

British actor Rory Kinnear (R) poses on arrival for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2015. The film is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig play suave MI6 spy 007 for a fourth time.  AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rory Kinnear and his partner, actress Pandora Colin. (Getty Images)

The 44-year-old actor, who plays Bill Tanner in the James Bond movies, revealed Karina had severe brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen at birth and was paralysed from the waist down.

But he said: “It was coronavirus that killed her. It wasn’t her ‘underlying conditions’. Prior to her diagnosis, she hadn’t been in hospital for 18 months – an unusually care-free period for Karina.

“No, it was a virulent, aggressive and still only partially understood virus that was responsible, a virus that is causing thousands of people, despite the unstinting bravery of the medical staff of this country, to say a distanced goodbye to relatives who would still be alive had they not contracted it.”

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, actors Daniel Craig, left, and Rory Kinnear smile for photographers as they film a scene for the new James Bond film, Spectre, in London. 007 star Daniel Craig and the film's other luminaries will be at the October world premiere of the new James Bond film "Spectre", and Palace officials said Wednesday Sept. 16, 2015, they will be joined on the red carpet by Prince William and his wife Kate and Prince Harry. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
Daniel Craig and Rory Kinnear filming James Bond movie Spectre in London in 2014. (AP)

Paying tribute to his sister, he said: “Karina was ebullient, brave and wry, with a passion for noise, laughter, family and chaos. And those that engaged with her, knew her, loved her, were rewarded beyond their imagination by her friendship and trust.”

Kinnear said he hoped once the battle against coronavirus had been won, that people might, “transfer our common sense of purpose... financially and emotionally and with a similar level of heroism and selflessness – in the lives of those who will continue to need it most.”