Bafta-winning actor Tim Pigott-Smith has died aged 70, his agent has confirmed.

In a statement released on Friday (April 7), his agent John Grant said: "It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad news that Tim Pigott-Smith died this morning.

"Much-loved and admired by his peers, he will be remembered by many as a gentleman and a true friend. He will be much missed."

The British actor had a career that spanned over four decades on stage and screen. He is probably best known for his leading role in the 1984 ITV series The Jewel in the Crown, which is about the final days of the British Raj in India. He was awarded the Best Actor Bafta for his performance in 1985.

Tim Pigott-Smith (right) in The Jewel in the Crown

He is also known for his appearances in the two Doctor Who serials in the 1970s, The Claws of Axos and The Masque of Mandragora. Other TV credits include The Vice, Bloody Sunday and Downton Abbey.

On the big screen he appeared in Clash of the Titans, V for Vendetta and the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

Pigott-Smith also received Olivier and Tony Award nominations in 2014/15 for his role in the play King Charles III. Just last month he was awarded an OBE for services to drama.

Pigott-Smith taking a bow at the opening night of King Charles III

His agent described him as "one of the greatest actors of his generation".

Pigott-Smith was due to appear in a touring production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, with opening night on Monday.

He is survived by his wife, actress Pamela Miles, his son Tom.

People have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the late actor.