Veteran actor Francis Matthews has died at the age of 86.

Matthews, who was most famous as the voice of Captain Scarlet, was also known for playing the title role in Paul Temple, the BBC series about an amateur detective.

A statement from Anderson Entertainment, who manages the estate of Captain Scarlet's creator, Gerry Anderson, read: "We are very sorry to report that Francis Matthews, best known to Gerry Anderson fans as the voice of the indestructible puppet hero Captain Scarlet, has died aged 86."

Matthews wed actress Angela Browne in 1963, who died in 2001. He is survived by their three sons, Damien, Paul and Dominic.

3rd June 1975: Cast members of 'A Touch Of Spring' playing at the Comedy Theatre, London eating ice cream during a break in rehearsals. They are (left to right) Francis Matthews, Jill Melford, Hayley Mills and her husband Leigh Lawson. (Photo by Ronit Schoen/Evening Standard/Getty Images)