Veteran actor and director Lionel Jeffries, whose credits include well-loved films such as The Railway Children and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, died today.
The Rada-trained star, who was associated with a number of children's classics, was 83.
Jeffries was an instantly recognisable figure and became a familiar face in film and TV for decades.
A spokeswoman for his agent, the Liz Hobbs Group, said: "We can confirm he did pass away this morning. It was following a long illness."
No further details were released.