Burt Kwouk, who played Inspector Clouseau's servant Cato in the Pink Panther films, has died at the age of 85.

He appeared in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Seller and also appeared in three James Bond movies and enjoyed an eight year stint in the sit com Last of the Summer Wine.

A statement issued by his agent said: "Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away 24th May.

"The family will be having a private funeral, but there will be a memorial at a later date."

Although born in Warrington, Cheshire in 1930, Kwouk was raised in Shanghai until he was 17. He caught the acting bug in the 1950s and appeared in 1958's The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, alongside Ingrid Bergman.

He later went on to appear in numerous TV shows and movies, including James Bond films Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, as well as being cast as Cato in 1964's A Shot in the Dark, the second Pink Panther film.

He continued in that role in the franchise's subsequent films even after the death of Sellers, right up to and including the final release, 1993's Son of the Pink Panther.

Later in his career, Kwouk starred in Kiss of the Dragon (2001) and BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine  where he played the role of electrician Entwistle from 2002 to 2010. He also appeared in episodes of Silent Witness and Doctors.