Memorial services for Irish actor Richard Harris, who died on Friday, are to take place in Dublin and London.

The 72-year-old actor died in hospital in London on Friday evening.

He had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's disease.

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern described Harris as "one of Ireland's most outstanding artists".

Film director Michael Winner, a former neighbour of Harris', described the actor as "a great friend and wonderful person to be with".

Talk show host Michael Parkinson said that Harris was an "extraordinary man" and a "great storyteller".

Harris had a long and successful career and had just finished work on the second Harry Potter film, 'The Chamber of Secrets', when he became ill two months ago.

Harris received two Oscar nominations, for 'This Sporting Life' and 'The Field'.

A date has not been set for the memorial services, which will follow a private family funeral.

The actor's ashes will be taken to his home in the Bahamas.