Actress Elizabeth Norment, who played the secretary to Kevin Spacey's character Frank Underwood in hit TV drama House of Cards, has died aged 61.

Spacey led tributes to Norment who died on October 13 at a cancer care centre in New York.

Norment's character, Nancy Kaufberger, worked as Underwood's secretary during the scheming politician's journey from a South Carolina congressman to the White House.

She had previously starred in ER, Law & Order and Mad About You.

Beau Willimon, the show's writer, said: "Everyone at House of Cards is deeply saddened by Elizabeth’s passing.

"She was a talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all."