British actor and White Mischief star Joss Ackland dies aged 95

British actor Joss Ackland has died at the age of 95, his family said in a statement.

The prolific stage and screen actor, who has been in more than 100 movies and TV series, died "peacefully" and was "surrounded by family", they said.

He was also described as a "beloved father" and had been married to his wife Rosemary for 51 years before she died in 2002.

He appeared in films including White Mischief and 1989's Lethal Weapon 2.

The family statement said: "With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and gravitas to his role.

"He will be remembered as one of Britain's most talented and beloved actors."

Born in 1928 in London's Ladbroke Grove area, Ackland grew up in Kilburn, north London.

He honed his skills by working for a variety of regional theatre troupes, eventually joining London's Old Vic.

Ackland also played writer CS Lewis in the 1985 television movie Shadowlands.

Joss Ackland was the narrator of Tolkien in Oxford.

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