Veteran British actor Ian Carmichael has died at the age of 89.

The star of large and small screen from the 1950s to the 1970s had fallen ill over Christmas and New Year, his wife Kate said.

He died peacefully yesterday at his home in the Esk Valley on the North York Moors.

Hull-born Carmichael made his name playing in a series of films for the Boulting Brothers including 'Private's Progress' (1956), 'Brothers in Law' (1957) and 'I'm All Right Jack' (1959).

During the 1960s and 1970s, he was successful in television, particularly as Bertie Wooster in 'The World of Wooster' and Lord Peter Wimsey in several drama series based on the mystery novels by Dorothy L Sayers.

Carmichael appeared in the BBC serial 'Wives and Daughters' in 1999 and was in 'The Royal' on ITV as recently as last year.

He was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2003.

In 1979, Carmichael wrote an autobiography, 'Will The Real Ian Carmichael ....'

Novelist Kate, 55, was his second wife. He also leaves two daughters, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.