The Young Ones star’s film roles included Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.

Rik Mayall has died aged 56, according to his management team.

The British comedian and actor’s iconic TV roles included The Young Ones, Bottom and Blackadder.

He starred in films such as Drop Dead Fred, Guest House Paradiso and Churchill: The Hollywood Years.

A statement from Brunskill Management said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning. We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time.”

Mayall is survived by his wife Barbara Robbin and his three children Rosie, Sidney and Bonnie.