The actor Bernard Hill, who was known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings films and Boys from the Blackstuff has died at the age of 79.

His breakout role was playing the character of Yosser Hughes in the Liverpool-set drama series Boys from the Blackstuff back in 1982.

Throughout his career, he had major roles in television and film including Sergeant Putnam in the Oscar-winning 1982 film Gandhi, Cole in The Bounty and Joe Bradshaw in Shirley Valentine.

Hill also featured as Captain Edward J. Smith in James Cameron's Oscar-winning film Titanic.

Audiences may also know from for playing the role of King Théoden in two of The Lord of the Rings trilogy films.

Hill is also set to feature in the second series of The Responder on the BBC, with the first episode set to air today (Sunday, May 5)

His agent Lou Coulson confirmed to BBC News that he died in the early hours of this morning.

The life of Bernard Hill

Hill was born in Blackley, Manchester and was brought up in a Catholic family of miners.

He attended Xaverian College, and then Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama where he graduated with a diploma in theatre in 1970.

From there he started making appearances in television and theatre before coming to prominence playing Yosser Hughes.

Hill was married to the actor Marianna Hill, with whom he has a son named Gabriel.