Ben Roberts dead aged 70, The actor who starred in the hit ITV drama from 1987 to 2002,
is said to have passed away on Monday, aged 70.
Roberts, who is originally from Bangor, in Wales, also appeared in other well-known TV
dramas including Doctors and Casualty.
In a statement by LCM Limited, released on Twitter, his agents said:
‘Remembering the wonderful Ben Roberts who sadly passed away on Monday.
Our thoughts are with his wife Helen and family at this time.’
Born Bennett Roberts in July 1950, he landed his first proper TV gig in 1978, in
the four-part television series ‘A Woman’s Place’ – starring alongside Ralph Bates
and Anna Calder-Marshall.
He later landed roles in the crime-action drama The Professionals, before playing
an extra in Doctor Who in 1984.
It was in 1987 where he landed his best-known role, as ‘old-fashioned and straight-
talking’ Chief Inspector Derek Conway on ITV crime-drama The Bill.
The dogged officer had a troubled start to life at Sun Hill, being injured in an explosion
in an episode in 1990.
Roberts’s character was later moved to the role of Community Liason Officer, before
being promoted to Acting Superintendent.
However, after three years in the role, his character was demoted back to Chief Inspector
He would play the role for 15 years, making his final appearance in 2002, when his
character was killed off in a car bomb attack.
Roberts continued to act and held roles in day-time television, appearing as two
different characters in Doctors, once in 2010 and then in 2012.
He also starred as Briggs in Cary Fukunaga’s 2011 romantic drama Jane Eyre, featuring
Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska.
His last major television role was in 2016 when he played Isaac Sandison in
the medical drama Casualty.