Tributes are continuing to poor in for the acting legend Peter O’Toole who died on Saturday aged 81 after a long illness.

President Michael D Higgins said he "heard with great sadness" about his friend O'Toole's death.

"Ireland and the world has lost one of the giants of film and theatre. In a long list of leading roles on stage and in film, Peter brought an extraordinary standard to bear as an actor.

"He had a deep interest in literature and a love of Shakespearean sonnets in particular."

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "My thoughts are with Peter O'Toole's family and friends. His performance in my favourite film, Lawrence of Arabia, was stunning."

Actor Stephen Fry said :"Oh what terrible news. Farewell Peter O'Toole. I had the honour of directing him in a scene. Monster, scholar, lover of life, genius..."

Gabriel Byrne paid tribute to O'Toole yesterday evening describing him as "one of the most elegant, graceful and charismatic actors of all time".

He described his acting as being as intense and powerful on stage as it was on the screen.

Mr O'Toole is survived by two daughters Kate and Patricia - and a son, Lorcan Patrick O'Toole.