Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her roles on stage and screen, has died at the age of 82.

The Coventry-born star, who was made a CBE in 1991, worked in close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, who described her as a perfect actress.

She died in the early hours of Sunday at a nursing home in London, her son Matthew Muller told the BBC.

“I could not have asked for a more loving mum,” he said.

“She had an incredible career – but first and foremost she was my mum – and that’s who I will miss,” he added.

News of her death prompted a string of tributes on Twitter, among them messages from Gary and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame.

Whitelaw appeared with them in 1990 film The Krays, playing Violet Kray, mother of the criminal Kray twins, to Gary’s Ronnie and Martin’s Reggie.

“Deeply saddened that Billie Whitelaw has died,” tweeted Gary Kemp. “I’ll always remember her as a generous and towering actor, and ‘Mum’.”

His sentiments were echoed by his brother Martin, who tweeted: “”Desperately sad to hear the news… an honour to get to know you on The Krays.”