Veteran British actor Ian Holm, star of Lord Of The Rings and Alien, has died aged 88.

In a message to the Guardian, Holm’s agent said: “It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88. He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer,” adding that his illness was Parkinson’s related. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”

Holm was an instantly recognizable face in the British industry, considered equally adept on stage or on screen. He won a BAFTA and was Oscar-nominated for his role in 1981 hit Chariots Of Fire and played Bilbo Baggins with aplomb in the epic Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Hobbit films.

One of his most iconic performances was as malfunctioning android Ash in Ridley Scott’s Alien.

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