Juliette Binoche has written a poem in tribute to the late Anthony Minghella.

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The French actress – who worked with the acclaimed film director on movies The English Patient and Breaking and Entering – penned the moving verse following the 54-year-old’s sudden death on Tuesday.

The poem begins: “To Anthony, I shall learn to live without you. With all that we’ve done and undone, with all the missing parts I’ll have to carry on hoping.”

Referring to their work together – which saw her win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for The English Patient in 1997, with Minghella taking home the Best Director prize – she writes: “We shared a heart beating in this inner world of creation, and your ideas became real to me. I was your angel and you opened my wings, and you were the words I could fly into, my friend of heart.”

The poem ends: “We dared a gift to the unknown. The search for truth in the battle of being. We attempted a glimpse on the other side, with joy with joy.”

Juliet Stevenson, who starred in Minghella’s directorial breakthrough Truly, Madly, Deeply in 1990, also paid tribute.

She said: “This news is absolutely ghastly. As a writer and director Anthony made things happen, sorted things, he brought out the best in people’s talents.

“Anthony was many people. He was too big a person to be just one person. He was sophisticated, intelligent and creative, both in his life and everything around him.”

Minghella is survived by his Hong-Kong born choreographer wife Carolyn Choa, his daughter Hannah and actor son Max.