Tributes for the late actor Christopher Lee have started to pour in, with fellow actors, politicians and writers paying their respects.
Lee aged 93 died on Sunday 7 June with the family of the actor, who was famed for his macabre choices of work, deciding to delay the announcment until every family member had been told.
Sir Roger Moore, who starred alongside Lee in the iconic Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun, has written this heartfelt tribute:
It's terribly when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) June 11, 2015
Cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings franchise, which Lee may be best remembered for (at least among younger generations), have started tweeted their condolences.
An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. You were an icon, and a towering human being with stories for days. We'll miss you.— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) June 11, 2015
so Saddened to hear the news of the passing Of Sir Christopher Lee. Giant of the screen , true Gentleman in all... http://t.co/abU2p6dxRU— Jed Brophy (@BrophyJed) June 11, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his condolences for both Lee and Ron Moody, who passed away today, from his personal account.
I'm saddened by the deaths of Sir Christopher Lee and Ron Moody. Both starred in films that are treasured by millions.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 11, 2015
Boris Johnson was the first politician to tweet his condolences, sharing a picture of him holding a lightsabre with Lee.
Johnson was followed by Culture minster Ed Vaizey, who tweeted:
Really sad to hear about the death of Christopher Lee, one of the greatest British actors and a master of the macabre pic.twitter.com/q5UUhc7xId— Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) June 11, 2015
Sorry to hear that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away – a film giant who will be truly missed— Ed Vaizey (@edvaizey) June 11, 2015
Paralympian Pippa Britton, who won a gold medal in the 2007 games, said:
I've enjoyed so many films with Christopher Lee - he had one of the best voices of our time & he will be missed. https://t.co/V8GcpNI1RZ— Pippa Britton (@Pippabritton) June 11, 2015
A true legend has passed. Sir Christopher Lee. pic.twitter.com/MqVqxXtqda— Paddy Considine (@PaddyConsidine) June 11, 2015
Christopher Lee once phoned up to complain about a mistake on our site. I took the call. I have never been more terrified. God, he was good.— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) June 11, 2015
A sad day for British film. RIP Christopher Lee & Ron Moody xx— Kelly Hoppen MBE (@IMKellyHoppen) June 11, 2015
Sad news that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away #RIP— Joe Sugg (@Joe_Sugg) June 11, 2015
What a sad day for the world to lose this incredible actor and human being. Christopher Lee, photo by… https://t.co/635BmEshsn— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) June 11, 2015
Writer Neil Gaiman paid the following tribute.
I wish I'd met Sir Christopher Lee. I was so lucky & proud to have had him play the Earl in @BBCRadio4 Neverwhere. Great actor, great loss.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 11, 2015
Lee starred as the Earl in an adaption of Gaiman's and Lenny Henry's collabortion of Neverwhere on BBC Radio 4.
I had the immense pleasure of working with Sir Christopher Lee twice in my career which I think is a huge testament to what a brilliant -- 1— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) June 11, 2015
The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us. A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 11, 2015
Christopher Lee: Career in pictures
Christopher Lee: Career in pictures
1/8 Christopher Lee
Taste The Blood Of Dracula, 1970
2/8 Christopher Lee
Season Of The Witch, 2010
3/8 Christopher Lee
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001
4/8 Christopher Lee
I monster, 1970
5/8 Christopher Lee
Rasputin: The Mad Monk, 1966
6/8 Christopher Lee
The Mummy, 1959
7/8 Christopher Lee
Horror of Dracula, 1958
8/8 Christopher Lee
Curse of Frankenstein, 1957