British actor Richard Pasco has died, aged 88.

The stage and screen star passed away on 12 November (14) in Warwickshire, England. No more details were available as Wenn went to press.

He was best known for his theatre work, appearing in London's West End and spending more than a decade with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Over the years he shared the stage with stars including Laurence Olivier, Dame Eileen Atkins and even Grace Kelly at a poetry recital in Scotland which marked one of her rare public performances after her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Pasco also made appearances in films such as Mrs. Brown with Dame Judi Dench, and British Tv shows including Inspector Morse and Kavanagh Qc, as well a number of pictures for the iconic Hammer Horror studio in the 1960s.

He also appeared with James Bond legend Sir Sean Connery in 1960 Bbc drama Colombe, which featured a kiss between the pair that is believed to be the first televised man-on-man smooch.