He was known for appearing as Chief Inspector Derek Conway for 14 years in the now-defunct police drama.
The five senior church leaders have said it could "further undermine trust and goodwill" among those governing the different parts of the UK.
The legislation now moves onto its next stage in the Commons.
Environment secretary says government will 'reflect' amid backlash from MPs.
PM to unveil details of EU Withdrawal Bill designed to woo Tory and Labour MPs.
States like Russia are ever more likely to attack the UK in ways falling short of outright armed conflict, ranging from cyberattacks and use of chemical weapons to severing undersea cables
Brexit has caused countless issues like reproductive rights to be placed on the back burner as the government focuses on making sure we don’t fall off the economic cliff when we leave the EU
This year marks 30 years since the enactment of Section 28 - as we leave the EU it is vital we don’t find ourselves slipping backwards
Debate over Brexit continues to be binary and fraught - but we are working together to make the bill work on its own terms
Scottish Parliament Rejects Theresa May's Flagship Brexit Legislation As Constitutional Crisis Looms
Westminster has the option of overruling Holyrood - but that has never happened before.