British actor Simon Ward has died, aged 70, after a long illness.
The star's management agency has said that he died "peacefully" in hospital on Friday with his wife Alexandra and three daughters at his side.
Simon is known for starring as Sir Monty in BBC legal drama Judge John Deed and as Bishop Gardiner in The Tudors. He also had roles on the big screen in Zulu Dawn and Young Winston.
The statement from Shepherd Management said: "The son of a car salesman from Beckenham, Kent, Ward wanted to be an actor from an early age and joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 13 and stayed there for eight years.
"Ward went on to train at RADA and became one of the most respected and admired actors of his generation.
"His big break in the theatre came in 1967 when he played the lead in Joe Orton's play Loot which led to television and film work.
"In 1972 he played the title role of Winston Churchill in Young Winston. This role brought him international prominence and Ward starred in many high-profile films throughout the 70s and 80s."
The actor’s other screen roles include The Three Musketeers, All Creatures Great and Small, Supergirl and Hitler: The Last Ten Days.
In more recent years, Simon had been "worked tirelessly", touring the country with theatre productions of The Madness of George III and An Ideal Husband.
Simon leaves his wife and daughters Sophie, Claudia and Kitty.