Tony Booth, best known for his role as Mike Rawlins in Till Death Us Do Part, has died aged 85.
Born in 1931, Anthony George Booth grew up in Liverpool. He’d hoped to go to university but was unable to after his father was badly injured in an industrial accident. He discovered a passion for acting during his time doing National Service, when he was posted to SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Paris and appeared in several plays.
He appeared in more than 20 films including the L-Shaped Room, Priest, Brannigan and Owd Bob, as well as appearing in Coronation Street and The Avengers.
He found fame as left-wing Mike Rawlins in Till Death Us Do Part in 1965 and is still best known for this role. He also went on to appear in various TV programmes including Eastenders and Emmerdale.
He was married four times and had eight daughters including Cherie Booth (wife of Tony Blair) and broadcaster Lauren Booth
He almost died in 1979 after an accident with a drum of paraffin, which led to a six-month hospital stay. While he recovered, he stayed with his former lover, Coronation Street actress Pat Phoenix.
The actor’s family have today confirmed his death, although we’re still waiting for details.