An arrest warrant has been issued for well-known actor Gerard McSorley after he failed to turn up in court to face a series of charges.

The Father Ted actor was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal after being arrested on 26 November for a breach of the peace.

The 69-year-old is also charged with damaging property while in a cell at Letterkenny Garda Station.

McSorley, with an address at Trinity Court, Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal, did not appear in court to answer the charges.

Judge Paul Kelly issued a bench warrant for Mr McSorley's arrest.

The actor, who has appeared in several films and television plays, was famously Father Todd Unctious in the Father Ted series and he also appeared in many well-known films including Braveheart, Veronica Guerin and Angela's Ashes.