The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro, well known for playing Carlton in the show, is suing Epic Games, the creators of the game Fortnite, accusing them of copying his character's dance moves.

The dance was made famous by his character Carlton Banks in the hit 1990s sitcom in which he starred alongside Will Smith. Ribeiro first performed the Carlton dance in the 1991 episode Will's Christmas Show and he continues to perform it to fans to this day.

In 2014, the actor included it in his performance on Dancing With The Stars.

Ribeiro is suing Epic Games and NBA 2K series creators Take-Two Interactive for using the "Carlton Dance" in their games, claiming the companies unfairly profited from his "creative expression, likeness and celebrity".

In Fortnite the dance is called "Fresh" while in NBA 2K the dance is named "So Fresh".

He has filed legal papers at the US District Court in Central California.

Ribeiro's lawyer said in a statement: "It is widely recognised that Mr Ribeiro's likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite.

"Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like Fresh. Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.

"Therefore, Mr Ribeiro is seeking his fair and reasonable share of profits Epic has earned by use of his iconic intellectual property."

Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly and Instagram star Backpack Kid have also filed complaints against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive over dance emotes in Fortnite and NBA 2K.