British actor Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81 after a long illness.
Baker became a household name in 1977 when he took on the role of the robot R2-D2 in the first Star Wars film.
Born in Birmingham UK, Baker’s other films include Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.
The 3ft 8in actor began performing in 1950 at the age of 16, working as a circus clown, nightclub performer and in pantomime.
In later years he has appeared at Star Wars fan conventions across the world.