The film industry and fans around the world have been paying tribute to the US actress Carrie Fischer, who has died, aged 60, after a cardiac arrest.

She was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series.

“She was our great and powerful princess,” said Stars Wars’ creator George Lucas. “She will be missed by all.”

“Thank you Carrie Fisher for all that you’ve given us,” tweeted the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts.

Her fellow Star Wars actor Mark Hamill called the news “downright heartbreaking,” adding “Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all – whether she liked it or not”.