Earl Cameron: British film and TV star actor dies aged 102

Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to forge a successful career in British film and television, has died aged 102, his family has confirmed

For decades the legendary British/Bermudian actor Earl Cameron CBE  graced the stage and cinema screens with his presence in films such as Pool of London (1951), Thunderball (1965), The Interpreter (2005) and Inception (2010). He journeyed along a path rarely trodden by black actors of his era.

Bermuda-born Cameron, who lived with his wife in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, died in his sleep on Friday.

His family said he “was an inspirational man who stood by his moral principles”.

Cameron was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

His other screen credits include 1965 Bond movie Thunderball and Doctor Who.

His family said they “have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and respect they have received”.

“As an artist and actor he refused to accept roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour,” they added. “He will be very sadly missed.”