Tributes have been paid to Grange Hill actor Terry Sue-Patt, who was found dead at his home aged 50.He was best known for playing Benny Green in the popular BBC show about pupils at a fictional comprehensive school in north London
Sue-Patt played football-loving Benny from 1978 to 1982, and was the first pupil to be shown in the debut episode.
He was given the role after a talent scout spotted him playing football in a park in London.
Sue-Patt - who became a graffiti artist in later life - was found dead at his home in Walthamstow, northeast London, on Friday.
Police are not treating his death as suspicious.
Fellow Grange Hill actors left messages of condolence on social media.
Erkan Mustafa, who played Roland, tweeted: "Still cant believe it. Called your phone to hear your voice."
Lee Macdonald, 46, who starred as Zammo Maguire, wrote: "R.I.P Terry Sue-Patt the memories of our times together will never be forgotten! Love you FOREVER Xxxxxxxxxxxx."
He shared a recent picture of himself with Sue-Patt and a group of friends from their Grange Hill days on a night out together.
Sue-Patt also enjoyed success in 1989 football hooligan film The Firm, starring Gary Oldman.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told Sky News: "Police were alerted at 12.42 on Friday, 22 May, to concerns for the welfare of a man in Walthamstow.
"At 13.44, officers forced entry to a flat in Northcote Road, E17 and found the body of a man, aged in his 50s, inside the flat. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Next of kin have been informed. At this early stage, the death is not believed to be suspicious."