British actor Warren Clarke, star of shows like Dalziel and Pascoe, has died at the age of 67, according to his agent.

Warren was due to begin filming a role in the remake of Poldark, but died after a short illness, which has not been specified.

Oldham-born Warren was also known for his starring role in BBC series Down To Earth, about a family who leave the rat race to relocate to rural Devon.

His death was announced by the agency which handled his career, Independent Talent Group.

A statement issued on behalf of his agent said: “The actor Warren Clarke died peacefully in his sleep on November 12 2014, after a short illness.

“He will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. At this time we ask that you respect their privacy in their time of grief.”

In his early days as an actor, he had roles as two characters in Coronation Street in the late 1960s, before establishing his movie career as one of the thuggish droogs who enjoyed ‘ultraviolence’ along with their ringleader Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell) in controversial 1971 movie A Clockwork Orange.

Benidorm creator Derren Litten tweeted: “Shocked to hear of the passing of Warren Clarke. Was just discussing him last night with our director of photography re a part in Benidorm.”