Peter Sallis best known as the voice of the claymation character Wallace in Wallace and Gromit has died aged 96.
Mr Sallis’ death was confirmed by his agent who said the star died peacefully with his family by his side the BBC reports.
Sallis began his career in the 1950s on the London stage most notably appearing along side Dame Judy Dench in Cabaret before appearing in a number of TV roles including Norman ‘Cleggy’ Clegg in the sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine.
However it was in 1989 when he first appeared as the cheese loving eccentric inventor Wallace in Wallace and Gromit that he was propelled to worldwide fame.
Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out went on to win a BAFTA award and the sequel films The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave won the Best Animated Feature Academy Award in their respective years.
Sallis retired from the role of Wallace in 2014 after playing the character for over two decades.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.