SCOT Squad star Grado has paid tribute to his mum who died today.

The actor, real name Graeme Stevely, took to social media to share the heartbreaking news with his fans.

He said his mum, Maureen, passed away aged 61 after a long fight, but did not reveal anymore details surrounding her death.

It is understood his mum had cancer.

The 29-year-old wrestling star, who is the youngest of three children, said: "After a long fight, my mum passed away peacefully this morning. She was my biggest inspiration for everything I've ever done.

"I am absolutely heartbroken. She was my biggest fan. I hope I will continue to make you proud."

Grado, from Stevenston, Ayrshire, shot to fame as a wrestler before landing the role as PC Hugh McKirdy in hit BBC show Scot Squad.

He lives in his hometown with his girlfriend Kerry Burns, 27. The couple have been together for 11 years.

Fellow Scottish celebrities have offered their support to the comedy actor.

Stephen Purdon, of River City, said: "So sorry big man. I'll see you soon. I'm here for you as always."

STV star Ewen Cameron added: "Your mum was a hoot mate. I only met her on a handful of occasions but each time was memorable. You made your mum proud big man. I know how much you adored your mum and your relationship was special. A joy to see."

Grado is currently starring in the Pavilion Theatre's pantomime, The Wizard of Never Woz.

The Glasgow theatre released a statement, saying: "We received the unfortunate news that Grado's mum sadly passed away in the early hours of the morning.

"Obviously, he needs to spend time with his family at this difficult time and will be unable to perform in The Wizard of Never Woz.

"He is keen to get back on stage as soon as possible and, currently, we have Chris Scougal playing the part of Dumber alongside Stephen Purdon.

"We hope you will join us in offering the sincerest of condolences to Grado and his family at this time."