The actor Peter Caffrey has died at the age of 58.

He was best known for his role as Padraig in 'Ballykissangel', and also appeared in films including 'I Went Down' and 'A Love Divided'.

He also starred in the RTÉ series 'Bracken'.

Peter Caffrey moved to London in 1983 to further his acting career and went on become a familiar face on British as well as Irish television.

In 1992 he was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, an illness which it was feared could end his career. However he staged a remarkable recovery and returned to Ireland where he starred in 'Ballykissangel'.

He also received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Frank Grogan in 'I Went Down'.

In the year 2000 however Peter Caffrey suffered a debilitating stroke, but planned to return to acting. He was cast as a publican in the independent film 'Sweet Dancer'.

However his health never fully recovered and he died today in England.

He is survived by his sisters Linda, Sheila and Carol.