Alan Howard at the RSC – in pictures

The actor, who was with the company for 17 years, has died aged 77

Actor Alan Howard, a longtime member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died aged 77.

Howard, who also played a series of roles at the National Theatre and in the West End, was labelled a "great spirit" by RSC artistic director Gregory Doran.

Above you can see some of the roles he played with the Royal Shakespeare Company throughout his career.