Tributes have been paid to the Brotherhood actor Aaron Eaton, who has died days after the film’s release.

The 29-year-old played the character Teardrop in the third instalment of actor-turned-director Noel Clarke’s trilogy of films about gang life in London.

Eaton was found dead this week; the cause of death remains unclear.

Clarke and the grime rapper Stormzy, who also star in the film, were among those to post tributes on Twitter.

Eaton, who lived with his mother and younger brother James in New Addington, south London, was nominated for the best actor prize at the International Achievement Recognition awards for his appearance in the 2015 British film Awol – Absent Without Love.

According to the London Evening Standard, he also worked as a mentor to young actors in south London, giving talks at youth clubs and working with talent agencies.

Brotherhood began its preview run in the UK on 28 August and grossed £971,000 in its first four days. It then took a further £1.01m last weekend, for a seven-day opening total of £1.98m.