Cult movie star Edward Woodward dies at 79

The actor Edward Woodward, best known for his roles as a virginal policeman in The Wicker Man and a trenchcoated vigilante in the 1980s TV series The Equalizer, has died, his agent confirmed .

The Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor, who was 79, had been suffering from a number of illnesses including pneumonia, Janet Glass said, and died in hospital near his home in Cornwall.

She said he had been "universally loved and admired" in a career of "unforgettable" roles, adding: "He was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness," she said in a statement. He is survived by his wife, the actor Michele Dotrice, and four children.

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