British actor Barrie Ingham has died at the age of 82.

The veteran star passed away at his home in Florida on 23 January (15) after battling ill health since Christmas (25Dec14).

Ingham is best known for voicing the lead character in 1986 Disney movie The Great Mouse Detective, but he also enjoyed a stellar career on the stage in both the U.K. and on Broadway.

He appeared in the London production of Gypsy with Dame Angela Lansbury, and he starred opposite Sarah Brightman in the New York run of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love.

He was reportedly a close friend of acting veteran Dame Judi Dench after appearing in more than 15 plays with her over the course of his career.

Ingham had roles onscreen in numerous film and Tv productions, including a guest stint on Star Trek: The Next Generation and roles in Doctor Who, The A-Team and The Avengers, and he also appeared in Oscar-nominated 1973 thriller The Day of the Jackal.