The character actor passed away on Monday (06Feb17) at his home in London, his nephew Rev. Nigel Mumford confirmed to the New York Times.

He is best known for playing James Bond's trusty inventor Q in 1983's Never Say Never Again, an unofficial instalment in the Bond franchise which starred Sean Connery, and for portraying a police inspector in Alfred Hitchcock's 1972 movie Frenzy.

He also appeared in movies such as Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocence and could be seen on TV in shows such as Midsomer Murders and Bergerac.

MCCowen had a number of notable stage roles in productions including William Shakespeare's King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night plus The Misanthrope and Waiting for Godot. He also travelled the world with his one-man performance of St. Mark's Gospel.

Poirot actor David Suchet paid tribute to MCCowen on Twitter, writing, "Alec McCowen was such a very special actor. I will dedicate my reading of St. Mark's Gospel on March 28th in St. Paul's Cathedral to him."

MCCowen was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1972.

His partner, the actor Geoffrey Burridge, died in 1987.