The stage and screen star passed away at his home in Hampstead, London on Friday (20Nov15).

Michell began his career in the theatre, making his stage debut in an Adelaide production of Bill Daily comedy Lover's Leap in 1947.

He later moved to the U.K. to study at the Old Vic Theatre School, and landed roles in London shows including Man of La Mancha and Robert and Elizabeth.

However, he will perhaps be best remembered for his portrayal of Henry VIII in 1970 BBC TV series The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and his role as Heathcliff in a 1962 BBC adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

He also appeared on U.S. mystery series Murder, She Wrote from 1988 to 1993.

A statement issued by his family reads: "We will miss him hugely - he has been a great influence in all our lives, creatively, artistically, musically."

Michell's career will be celebrated with a retrospective exhibition at London's Menier Gallery in June (16).