Tributes have been paid to Lisburn-born actor BJ Hogg following his death at the age of 65.

He was best known for his role as Big Mervyn in the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series Give My Head Peace.

The performer also appeared in episodes of hit TV dramas such as The Fall and Game of Thrones, playing the role of Addam Marbrand in the latter.

BJ Hogg's agent Geoff Stanton said "there just weren't the words" to express his shock and sadness at the news of his death.

"He was such a great man, a big personality and a terrific actor. His family must be devastated and my heart goes out to them," he said.

"He was just one of the nicest people I know, or knew - he is going to be such a loss."

In a statement, the comedy team behind Give My Head Peace, the Hole in the Wall gang, said: "BJ is part of the Give My Head Peace family.

"He was a fine actor, great colleague and a true friend. Our thoughts are with his wife Elish, son Nathan and daughter Abigail at this time."

Hogg had travelled the world as an actor, writer and director and was a classically-trained musician who toured with big bands.

He performed at Belfast's Lyric theatre and international venues in Russia and elsewhere.

Peter Johnston, director of BBC NI, said: "BJ was a great comedy talent and a much-loved character in our long-running sitcom, Give My Head Peace.

"Many people will also remember his performance in the Oscar-nominated Dance Lexie Dance."Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad and difficult time."