Heartbreak for fans as much loved British TV actor dies

Ben Roberts, who was best known for his role in The Bill, has died aged 70.

The actor, who starred in the hit ITV police drama from 1987 to 2000, passed away on Monday, his agent confirmed.

Ben, who was originally from Bangor, in Wales, also appeared in other well-known TV dramas including Doctors and Casualty.

In a statement released by his agents LCM Limited, posted on Twitter, they said: “Remembering the wonderful Ben Roberts who sadly passed away on Monday.

“Best known as Chief Inspector Derek Conway in The Bill & he had an extensive career in theatre, TV & film.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Helen and family at this time.”

The TV star was born Bennett Roberts in July 1950.

His first TV role was starring in the series A Woman’s Place, alongside Ralph Bates.

He later appeared in crime-action drama The Professionals and played an extra in Doctor Who in 1984.

Ben’s biggest role came in 1987 when he landed the part of Chief Inspector Derek Conway in The Bill.