Hollywood star Ray Winstone quits smoking after 44 years and works as a labourer

Hollywood hero Ray Winstone has ditched smoking for good after 44 years – and is now a labourer.

The Sexy Beast star, 66, tried to give up in 2014 but couldn’t get on with e-cigarettes.

However he’s now puffed his final ciggie and says he feels "so much better" for it, adding: "I gave up smoking about five or six months ago.

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"One day I just bought a pack, lit one up and went, 'What are you doing? I don’t even enjoy this..'

"So I stopped, just threw them away. I feel so much better for it."

Ray who lives in Sicily, said he has been labouring after acting roles dried up.

The star is now further improving his health and fitness with some manual labour near his Italian mountaintop hideaway while acting work runs short during the Hollywood writers' strike.

He said: "I’ve been doing a bit of labouring out here, a bit of graft.

"I hurt my back a couple of years ago, so I’ve been building my back up a little bit."

Ray, who co-founded Integral Sports Management with his friend Gary Pettit, said he loves his simple life in Sicily.

He told the Pound for Pound podcast: "Here, I sit out at night. I’m at the top of the mountain and all you can see is the stars.

"At night you turn all the lights off and I’ve got a little telly outside and I watch the telly and have a drink outside.

"I’m here on my own at the moment. Don’t tell no one, though, in case someone comes up and robs me.

"I’ve got a great big bat with me and all that. But it’s lovely. I sit outside and all you hear is wild animals."

Ray's career in television, film and stage spans over five decades.

He's best known for his "hard man" roles.

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The actor has appeared in the likes of King Arthur, The Magic Roundabout, King of Thieves and Black Widow.

Ray has worked with many prominent directors, including Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg over the years.

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