Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh has been shot dead in Scotland.

The 42-year-old actor and former boxer was killed in Edinburgh on Wednesday night (April 17) and his death is being treated as suspicious.

Police say they were called to Chester Street in the city's west end at around 8pm and found a man with serious injuries.

The statement said that he died at the scene.

Police Scotland said: "His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing. Officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence in the area to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather information that can assist with this investigation.

"Anyone who believes they have any relevant information should contact police immediately."

Welsh starred as gangland figure Mr Doyle in T2 Trainspotting alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle.

Bradley Welsh in a scene from T2 Trainspotting

He previously appeared on the documentary series Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men in 2008.

Welsh later became involved in charity projects in Edinburgh, including helping young people stay away from a life of crime through his Holyrood Boxing Gym.

Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh paid an emotional tribute to his friend Welsh on Twitter.

He wrote: "Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend.

"Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way."