Actor Gerard Kelly has died aged 51 after collapsing at his home because of a brain aneurysm earlier this week.

Gerard was a well known face on television in Scotland with roles in City Lights, Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch and Wry.

He also appeared as hardman Jimmy in EastEnders, villainous Callum Finnegan in Brookside as well as other TV and film parts, most recently in Extras.

Gerard was due to star in The Rocky Horror Show at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow next month before beginning his regular pantomime run.

A spokesman for his family said on Friday he died ‘peacefully’ at West Middlesex University Hospital at 9.35pm on Thursday. His close friends and family were with him when he died, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said: “Gerard will be deeply missed by his friends and family and indeed his huge fan base across his beloved Scotland and further afield. He was a private and gentle man and his family and friends would appreciate privacy during this sad and difficult time.”