Dallas and Sherlock Holmes star Gayle Hunnicutt has sadly died aged 80.

The famed actress reportedly died on August 31 and a cause of death is yet to be revealed.

Gayle was best known for playing Irene Adler in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Vanessa Beaumont in Dallas.

The star’s on-screen credits also include: TV’s Fall of Eagles, Fragment of Fear, The Golden Bowl, The Legend of Hell House and Private Eye.

Her first known role was playing a woman trying to con Jed Clampett out of his fortune in a two-part episode of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1967.

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Two years later, she went on to play opposite James Garner in the film Marlowe.

Gayle’s final television appearance was in 1999’s CI5: The New Professionals.

Tributes have flooded in for the late actress on social media following the news.

Johnny Mains shared a picture of Gayle with her dog alongside the message: “Gutted that Gayle Hunnicutt has died.

“I was introduced to her by her son when I was writing liner notes for Fragment of Fear. We had some good chats and I helped her with reconnect with some old memories.

“Here she is during lockdown with Django. An incredible actress, a fine lady.”

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RufusTSuperfly wrote: “RIP Gayle Hunnicutt.

“She gave what remains my favourite interpretation of Irene Adler opposite Jeremy Brett’s perfect Sherlock Holmes in the very first episode of the classic Granada series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.”

Nick Jury added: “Gayle Hunnicutt RIP. To Sherlock Holmes (and fans) she was always the woman. #GayleHunnicutt.”

Gothic Mercy typed: “So sad to hear that the beautiful Gayle Hunnicutt has died. My favourite lucky Saint lady.”

Tess de Wollaston typed: “Never saw her give a bad performance. What a loss. RIP Gayle Hunnicutt, your talent will never be forgotten.”

Aside from acting, Gayle was also the author of two books.

She released her first novel, titled Health and Beauty in Motherhood, back in 1984.

20 years later, the actress published Dearest Virginia: Love Letters from a Cavalry Officer in the South Pacific, which contained the letters exchanged by her parents during World War II.

During her lifetime, she was married twice; firstly to David Hemmings, followed by Sir Simon Jenkins. She had two sons, one from each marriage.

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