British actor Christopher Lee, who devoted his long acting career to portraying villain in horror classics and later appeared in the blockbuster Star Wars and Lord of the Rings franchises, has died at the age of 93.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies. Younger audiences will remember him as Saruman, but for many he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of Hammer Horror movies in the 1950s and 1960s.

He railed against the typecasting, however, and the sheer number and range of his roles — from Sherlock Holmes to the founder of Pakistan — secured his place in film history. He was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009. He leaves wife Birgit, whom he married in 1961, and daughter Christina.

IBTimesUK looks back at the career and life of Sir Christopher Lee.