Actor BJ Hogg has died at the age of 65.
He was best known for playing Ser Addam Marbrand in Game of Thrones.
BJ also appeared in episodes of The Fall and the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series Give My Head Peace.
“He was a fine actor, great colleague and a true friend. Our thoughts are with his wife Elish, son Nathan and daughter Abigail at this time.”
The Lisburn born star had travelled the world as an actor, writer and director and was a classically-trained musician who toured with Big Bands.
He performed at Belfast’s Lyric theatre and international venues in Russia and elsewhere.
Peter Johnston, director of BBC NI, said: “BJ was a great comedy talent and a much-loved character in our long-running sitcom, Give My Head Peace.
“Many people will also remember his performance in the Oscar-nominated Dance Lexie Dance.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”
Charlie Lawson, Coronation Street’s Jim McDonald, paid tribute to his friend on Twitter.
He wrote: “St Peter’s havin a geg tonight! Very sad.
“We were very fond of each other, nothing to do with acting, the arts, or any of that stuff, we just …….
“God love y’ BJ, havin a Black Bush dear heart.”
St Peter’s havin a geg tonight! Very sad. We were very fond of each other, nothing to do with acting, the arts, or any of that stuff, we just ……. God love y’ BJ, havin a Black Bush dear heart. XXX. pic.twitter.com/4KxzTXFiS4
— Charlie Lawson (@charlie_lawson1) April 30, 2020