Pioneering actor Earl Cameron CBE, who was one of the first successful black British actors, has died at the age of 102.
Best known for his roles in Doctor Who, Thunderball and Inception, Bermudan-born Cameron made his first appearance on the screen in 1951’s Pool of London.
Cameron lived in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, with his wife Barbara and also leaves behind his six children.
A family friend, Martin Beckett, confirmed that the actor had died, the BBC reports. Mr Beckett said: ‘He had sheltered himself because of Covid and had not really been keen on going out, he had chest problems. ‘He’s a great character, very spiritual, very modest, we’re going to miss him.
The pioneering actor was born in 1917 in Pembroke, Bermuda, and he started his career with the British Merchant Navy. He ended up stranded in Britain before the start of the Second World War and scraped by before his acting career kicked off in 1951.
His starring role in Pool of London made him only the fourth black actor ever to appear in a prominent role in a British film.
The film was also ground-breaking because it was the first British film to depict a mixed-race relationship.