SCOTTISH actor Brian James McCardie has died at the age of 59, his family has announced.

He was described as a “wonderful and passionate” actor by his sister Sarah, who announced the news on social media on Tuesday morning.

The Bellshill-born man carved out a successful career in TV and film during his years as an actor and was known for his roles in BBC prison drama Time as well as roles in an adaption of Irvine Welsh’s Crime and three episodes of Line of Duty.

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According to his family, Mr McCardie passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, April 28.

The National: Brian McCardie alongside Sean Bean in Time. Image: BBC

His sister Sarah said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James McCardie , beloved son, brother, uncle and dear friend to so many. Brian passed away suddenly at home on Sunday April 28. 

"A wonderful and passionate actor on stage and screen, Brian loved his work and touched many lives, and is gone much too soon. We love him and will miss him greatly; please remember Brian in your thoughts.

"Funeral arrangements will be announced in the days ahead. As a family, we would ask for privacy at this time."