Actor Tony Booth, best known as the star of BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has died aged 85, his family have said in a statement.
The actor, political campaigner and father of Cherie Blair appeared in the BBC comedy from 1965 to 1975 as left wing firebrand and “scouse git” Mike Rawlins. His decade-long appearance made him a household name.
Booth was born in Liverpool on 9th October 1931, and earned an early appearances in Coronation Street and The Avengers before his big break. He would go on to act in numerous other TV series including The Bill and Mersey Beat, but it was his political work that came to the fore in later life.
Tony Booth speaking to Radio Times in 1968: Acting “I disapprove of the word ‘acting’ – that word only refers to amateurs. If as an artist you are playing a part, and you are good at it, you become that person, that part”
He became president of the actors’ union Equity in 1998, and was a vocal supporter of the Labour Party – in 1981, he helped his son-in-law and future Prime Minister Tony Blair contact Labour MP Tom Pendry asking for help to become an MP.
BBC1’s Till Death Us Do Part first aired as a one-off Comedy Playhouse, before the sitcom was recommissioned for a full series.