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

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Media captionEarl Cameron speaking to the BBC aged 100

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.

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

Cameron first appeared on screen in the 1951 film Pool of London, in a rare starring role for a black actor.

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.”

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Image caption Earl Cameron outside Buckingham Palace with his CBE, which he received in 2009

Actor David Harewood called Cameron “a total legend”.

Bermuda Premier David Burt tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of iconic Bermudian actor Earl Cameron.”

Paterson Joseph, who recently starred as Kamal Hadley in the BBC’s Noughts and Crosses series, said Cameron was a “giant man”, whose “pioneering shoulders are what my generation of actors stand on”.

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