Dad's Army star Clive Dunn has died aged 92 in Portugal after a short illness.

The actor, who played Corporal Jones in the hit sitcom, is believed to have been ill for a few weeks.

His agent Peter Charlesworth said the star will be "sorely missed". He said: "He will be a real loss to the acting profession."

Dunn was a natural comic actor, famous for his role as the bumbling butcher Lance Corporal Jack ("Don't panic") Jones in the huge TV hit comedy series Dad's Army.

In fact, Dunn, in theatrical terms, was old before his time. Even at the age of 19 he played a doddering old man in JM Barrie's whimsical play Mary Rose for a weekly repertory company in Abergavenny. Indeed, throughout his successful career, he was regularly cast in such roles.

But acting was not his only forte. As a singer, he performed a number one hit Grandad, which he sang four times on Top Of The Pops. Following that success, he released several other singles.

Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn was born on January 9 1920 in London's Covent Garden area. He served with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars during the Second World War, spending four years in prisoner-of-war and labour camps in Austria.

In 1986, he wrote his engaging autobiography Permission To Speak, another of his Dad's Army catch-phrases.

In 1959, he married the actress Priscilla (Cilla) Pughe Morgan and they had two daughters.

He was to spend his last 30 or so years in Portugal where he occupied himself as an artist, painting portraits, landscapes and seascapes until his sight failed.