British actor Burt Kwouk, best known for his role as Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato Fong in the Pink Panther comedy films, has died aged 85.

Born in northern England but raised in Shanghai, Kwouk's career began on British television in the 1950s and over the next six decades he had parts in some of its best-known shows most notably Last of the Summer Wine and the 1980s war drama Tenko.

He also starred in numerous films, among them the James Bond movies Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

But he will be most remembered for starring alongside Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films in which Cato would leap out at unexpected moments to attack his boss to test his readiness, leading to furious, comedy fight scenes.


His other extensive TV credits include guest appearances in Callan, Doctor Who, Hart to Hart, The Saint and The Bill.