Earl Cameron has died at the age of 102.
The Bermuda-born star, who lived with his wife in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, died in his sleep on Friday, family friend Martin Beckett said.
The pioneering actor was one of the first ever black actors to star in a British film, playing the role of Johnny Lambert in 1951’s Pool of London
He was also known for starring in the Tenth Planet episode of Doctor Who in 1966, as well as a role in 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball.
Earl was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
He is survived by his wife Barbara and his six children.
In a statement, his children said: “Our family have been overwhelmed by the outpourings of love and respect we have received at the news of our father’s passing.
“As an artist and as an actor he refused to take roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour. He was truly a man who stood by his moral principles and was inspirational.”
Mr Beckett told the BBC: “He had sheltered himself because of Covid and had not really been keen on going out, he had chest problems.
“He’s a great character, very spiritual, very modest, we’re going to miss him.
“He would never take on roles that demeaned people of colour… he was often subject of a lot of racial prejudice, but he never really got angry about it.
“He pitied people that couldn’t accept him.”
Bermuda Premier David Burt also paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of iconic Bermudian actor Earl Cameron.
“I join the Bermuda community in celebrating his long and remarkable life. On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda I express my sincerest condolences to his wife, children and family.”