Michael Gough, best known for playing Alfred in the Batman films, has died aged 94.

The English actor appeared in more than 150 films and TV shows during his 65-year career.

He was a long time collaborator with the renowned Tim Burton, a director of Batman and Batman Returns, starring in Sleepy Hollow and also providing voices in Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland.

“Tim Burton was a huge fan of Mick from the Hammer Horror films of the 60s, so he tried very hard to include him in everything he did,” Gough’s agent said.

“We’ve lost a very treasured and beloved friend and somebody who made a magnificent contribution to the world of theatre and films.”

In the early 1960s Gough was TV star in series including The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Count of Monte Christo and The Saint.

During the next two decades he appeared in more cult series including The Avengers, The Champions, Colditz and Blake’s 7.

He was also a favourite of Doctor Who fans after appearing in a 1965 episode entitled The Celestial Toymaker and again in the 1980s in an episode opposite the fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison.

But, ultimately, Gough will be best remembered for his role as Alfred Pennyworth in the four-film Batman franchise, starring opposite Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.