Actor and political activist Corin Redgrave has died, aged 70.

A statement issued by his family today read: "Corin Redgrave has died today. He was taken ill at home in the early hours of Sunday morning. He died very peacefully surrounded by his family.

"We will miss him so very much. We would like to thank St George’s hospital for their care in his last few days."

Redgrave, the son of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, was an award-winning performer on stage and screen as well as a renowned and respected political activist. He formed the Peace and Progress political party with his equally outspoken sister Vanessa Redgrave in 2004, campaigning in support of immigrants and ethnic minorities and against the war in Iraq.

He suffered a heart attack whilst attending a political rally in 2005, at which time he was performing in a run of Pericles at Shakespeare’s Globe. Despite his illness, he made a return to the stage last year, appearing in Trumbo at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

His many other stage credits include No Man’s Land, Not About Nightingales (for which he won an Olivier Award), King Lear, A Song at Twilight and The Cherry Orchard - in the last two, he appeared alongside his sister Vanessa. His film credits include A Man for All Seasons, Excalibur, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.