Tributes have poured in online after Midsomer Murders star Joss Ackland died at the age of 95.
The screen and stage actor died peacefully at home on Sunday (November 19) surrounded by relatives, his family said in a statement given to the PA news agency.
The family statement read: “With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and gravitas to his roles.
“He will be remembered as one of Britain’s most talented and beloved actors.”
Ackland appeared in hundreds of films and television productions alongside his “rich and diverse” stage career and was made a CBE for services to drama in 2001.
The actor was also a “beloved father” and was married to wife Rosemary for 51 years before she died from Motor Neurone disease in 2002.
Ackland had seven children, 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
He first appeared on film in John Boulting’s and Roy Boulting’s Oscar-winning thriller Seven Days to Noon in 1950 in an uncredited role.
The iconic actor made his credited debut in a supporting role in Vernon Sewell’s Ghost Ship (1952).
He also appeared with Alec Guinness in the 1979 television serial Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and films The Sicilian, Lethal Weapon 2, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and The Hunt for Red October.
On stage, he performed alongside major stars such as Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, and Tom Courtenay.
Tributes to the adored actor have already started to pour in across social media.
On X, actor Stephen Graham wrote: “Sad news about Joss Ackland. His performance in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Copper Beeches is one of my favourite turns in anything. ‘Miss Violet, do you like funny stories?’.”
Ackland’s former co-star Sally Thomsett added: “Sad news my darlings, the super Joss Ackland has passed away. He played my Dad on many occasions. A lovely Dad & a superb actor, he will be sorely missed. God rest his soul, Sally XxXxX.” (sic)
While another fan said: “Rip to Joss Ackland a superb actor, always remembered for his “Diplomatic Immunity” line in Lethal Weapon 2.”