Character actor Lockwood West, who performed on stage, screen and radio over a 62-year career, died Tuesday of cancer at a nursing home in Brighton, England. He was 83.

West had parts in "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "The Dresser." His last performance was in a radio play in November. His best-known roles included the aging actor in "The Dresser," both in the play in 1980 and in the film.He was renowned for his portrayal of a cunning old chaplain in the 1986 television series "Porterhouse Blue."

West portrayed King Edward VII in the TV series "Upstairs, Downstairs" in 1972.

Born Harry Lockwood West on July 28, 1905, West made his stage debut at the age of 21 in W.A. Darlington's "Alf's Button" at the Hippodrome in Margate.