Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh has been shot dead in Edinburgh.

The actor, who also appeared on an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men, was  killed in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

Police said they were called to Chester Street in the West End of the city at around 8pm and found a man with serious injuries.

Edinburgh deathPolice at the scene on Wednesday night (Alasdair Morton/PA)

He died at the scene, a statement added.

Police Scotland said: “His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing. Officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence in the area to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather information that can assist with this investigation.

“Anyone who believes they have any relevant information should contact police immediately.”

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Welsh, 42, starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle.

Edinburgh deathPolice were called to a street in Edinburgh following reports a man had been seriously injured (Alasdair Morton/PA)

Mr Welsh, a former British ABA Lightweight boxing champion,  was part of notorious Hibs casuals the Capital City Service in the 1980s and his story was also told in an episode of TV series Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men. He described himself as a "born leader" on the show.

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Welsh later became involved in charity projects in Edinburgh, including helping young people stay away from a life of crime through his Holyrood Boxing Gym.

Bradley Welsh on T2 Trainspotting

Mr Welsh, who played gangland kingpin Doyle in the Trainspotting sequel, was friends with author Irvine Welsh who led the tributes on social media.

He tweeted: "Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way."

One woman posted a picture of her and friends alongside Welsh in a boxing ring.

She said: “You to me are treasure, you to me are dear. Our coach, our motivator but most importantly our friend, Brad Welsh.”

One man described Welsh as a “huge character” in Edinburgh.

He said: “Devastating news about Brad Welsh tonight, a huge character in Scottish amateur boxing and the Hibernian support and someone who contributed a great deal to society through his charitable work and boxing gym. RIP.”

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Writing on social media, local resident Alasdair Morton said armed police were “all over” the area.

He tweeted: “Armed police all over Chester street. Road closed off. We have been told to go inside. Before doing so we heard the police say to the National incident response unit – gunshot would (sic) to the head.”

Bradley Welsh shared footage of his boxing training just a week ago

Mr Welsh secured the role in T2 Trainspotting two years ago through a successful Guinness World Record attempt that saw him spar with 360 people in succession, including director Danny Boyle

After the film’s release, he said: “Ewan McGregor is one of the cleverest and funniest men I’ve met. He’s very, very educated.

“We travelled back and forward over the Forth Road Bridge a lot when one day he and Jonny were talking about some literary classic.

“Ewan turns and says to me, ‘Do you know the book we’re talking about?’.

“I said, ‘I’m from the streets pal. I didn’t read books — I f***ing lived them’.

“That gave them a laugh.”