Actor Conrad Phillips has died at the age of 90 in his home in Chippenham after a short illness, his family has confirmed.

He landed his best known role as the eponymous hero in ITV's The Adventures Of William Tell in 1958, which featured cameos from Christopher Lee, Michael Caine and Sid James among others, and lasted for 39 episodes.

Among his notable TV roles was as Mr Lloyd in the 1975 Wedding Party episode of Fawlty Towers, playing the father of a family that hotelier Basil (John Cleese) mistakenly believes to be a wife-swapping group involving maid Polly.

Born Conrad Havord in London in 1925, he enlisted in the Navy at 17 by forging an older birth date on his ration book before studying at Rada and appearing in both repertory theatre and on the West End stage.

An accident on the set of The Adventures Of William Tell, which saw him fall down a 12-foot drop and injure his knee and ankle, meant he filmed the final episode from a wheelchair.

The accident contributed towards the severe back pain, two replacement knees and replacement hip that brought a premature end to his acting career in 1991.

Towards the end of his career, he would play Stefan, William Tell's mentor, in Crossbow, a 1987 updated version of the Swiss folk tale, that included guest appearances from Brian Blessed and Roger Daltrey.

He is survived by wife Jennie, daughters Kate and Sarah, and grandchildren Alice and Leo.