Patrick Macnee has died aged 93.

The British actor - best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television series 'The Avengers' - has passed away with his family at his bedside.

A statement on his official website reads: ''Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories.

''Patrick Macnee was a popular figure in the television industry. He was at home wherever in the world he found himself. He had a knack for making friends, and keeping them.''

His son Rupert confirmed he died peacefully at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.

Some of his most notable film roles include in 1985's 'A View to Kill', where he starred as an ally of Roger Moore's James Bond. The legendary actor was also known for his theatre roles, having appeared on Broadway during his lengthy career.

In a 2014 interview, Patrick said the television show - which he starred in for nearly a decade - was so successful because it ''did something different and did it better''.

He said: ''It was beautifully written, the ideas were very good, way ahead of their time and they incorporated fantasies for people who dreamed of doing exciting things.''

Patrick is survived by his children and one grandson.