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Kenny Baker, the British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films, has died at the age of 81 after a long illness.

Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character.

He went on to play the R2-D2 in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005.

He also appeared in a number of other much loved films in the 1980s, including The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.