Actor Hywel Bennett, known for his roles in Shelley and EastEnders, has died aged 73, his agent has confirmed.
The Carmathenshire-born actor’s roles included 1960s films The Family Way, with Hayley and John Mills, and The Virgin Soldiers, with Lynn Redgrave.
But it was in the long-running sitcom Shelley that he made his name.
Bennett – whose other television roles included Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Pennies from Heaven – played the title role in the series.
It ran from 1979 to 1984 and told the story of an unemployed man living in a London bedsit.
He later reprised the role in The Return of Shelley, which ran from 1988 to 1992.
He joined EastEnders in 2003 as Jack Dalton, a gangland boss who ended up being killed in an act of revenge.
He also featured in episodes of Last of the Summer Wine and in the Dennis Potter mini-series Karaoke and Cold Lazarus.
He had one daughter, Emma, with former wife Cathy McGowan.