Scottish actress Elspet Gray has died at the age of 83.

The star passed away in hospital on Monday (18Feb13) but no further details of her death were known as Wenn went to press.

Gray appeared in a number of hit British Tv shows during her career, including Fawlty Towers, Blackadder and Doctor Who, as well as 1994 movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The actress' daughter Shelley was born with Down's syndrome in 1951 and Gray devoted herself to charity work over the years.

She became known as Lady Rix after her husband Brian Rix, who was chairman of learning disability charity Mencap, was made a life peer.

The organisation's chief executive, Mark Goldring, says, "It is so sad to hear of Lady Rix's death. Lord and Lady Rix made a formidable team in their determination to change the lives of people with learning disabilities.

"She was, in her own way, just as involved with Mencap and the wider issues of learning disability as Brian and was a powerful advocate and campaigner.

"Elspet made a real difference, in a world where few people really do. We will work hard to ensure that her legacy of campaigning and care will continue. Our thoughts go out to Lord Rix and the rest of the family at this very difficult time."