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The Bill actor Ben Roberts dies aged 70 as tributes pour in

Ben was best known for playing Chief Inspector Derek Conway

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The Bill actor Ben Roberts has died at the age of 70 as fans paid tribute on social media.

Ben was best known for playing Chief Inspector Derek Conway in the drama The Bill.

The actor’s agent confirmed he passed away on Monday (June 7).

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Ben played Chief Inspector Derek Conway in The Bill  (Credit: Photo by Fremantle Media/Shutterstock)

The Bill actor Ben Roberts dies aged 70

His agents LCM Limited said in a statement: “Remembering the wonderful Ben Roberts who sadly passed away on Monday.

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“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 & family at this time.”

Meanwhile, tributes have poured in on social media for Ben.

One person said: “RIP #BenRoberts – Conway in The Bill – terrific character actor, totally believable. They really did cast that show so well.”

Fellow The Bill star Ben Peyton – who played PC Ben Hayward – wrote: “So sad to hear about the brilliant Ben Roberts.

Remembering the wonderful Ben Roberts who sadly passed away on Monday.

“Superb actor and an absolutely hilarious man. We were both axed from The Bill on the same day back in 2001.

“He came to my dressing room and said, ‘They made a mistake with our names. You were supposed to be sacked twice!'”

Ben Roberts in The Bill
Tributes poured in for Ben on social media (Credit: Photo by Fremantle Media/Shutterstock)

Ben played Derek Conway in The Bill between 1987 and 2000.

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The actor has also appeared in other shows including The Professionals, Angels, The Queen’s Nose, Doctors and Casualty.

He leaves behind his wife Helen, his son Joe and one granddaughter, Elsie.

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