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   For other people of the same name, see Tony Booth (disambiguation).
   "Anthony Booth" redirects here. For the Victoria Cross recipient, see Anthony Clarke Booth.
Antony George Booth (born 9 October 1931) is an English actor, best known for
his role as Mike Rawlins in the BBC series Till Death Us Do Part. His daughter                   Antony Booth
Lauren is an English broadcaster, journalist and pro-Palestinian activist. She        Born       Anthony George Booth
works for Iran's state-owned 24-hour English language news channel, Press TV,                    9 October 1931 (age 80)
                                                                                                 Liverpool, England
and in late 2010 converted to Shia Islam. His other daughter, Cherie, a prominent
Queen's Counsel, is married to former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He is a cousin       Occupation Actor

to the Booth family of 19th-century American actors. [1]                              Years      1960–present
                                                                                      active
        Contents                                                                      Spouse     Gale Smith (divorced)
 1 Early life                                                                                    Patricia Phoenix (1986) (her
 2 Acting                                                                                        death)
                                                                                                 Nancy Jaeger (1988–96)
 3 Personal life
                                                                                                 (divorced)
 4 Selected filmography                                                                          Stephanie Buckley (1998–
 5 Memoirs                                                                                       present)
 6 References
 7 External links


Early life
Booth was born into a working-class family in Jubilee Road, Liverpool. His father was a merchant seaman during World War
II; his mother was of Irish descent. He attended St Edmunds Infant's School and spent a year in hospital as a child with
diphtheria. He then passed the 11 plus examination and attended St. Mary's College, Crosby, where he was awarded a
bursary to cover the cost of his books. Hopes that he could progress to university were dashed when he had to leave school
and get a job after his father was badly injured in an industrial accident. He then worked as a clerk in a docklands
warehouse and at the United States Consulate in Liverpool, before being called up for national service with the Royal Corps
of Signals.[2]

Acting
Booth developed a taste for acting when posted in the army to SHAPE in Paris. He spent five years honing his acting skills in
repertory theatre, before venturing into films and television in the 1960s. Since then he has worked in all three media. He has
played roles in over twenty films, including Priest (1994), Owd Bob (1997) and Treasure Island (1999). He appeared in the
popular British television series Coronation Street in 1960 and in an episode of The Avengers, but it was his role as the left-
wing son-in-law in Til Death Us Do Part (1965) that brought him recognition. He has made guest appearances in many other
television series. He starred alongside Robin Askwith in the Confessions of... series as Sidney Noggett between 1974 and
1977. Some of the titles included Confessions of a Driving Instructor, Confessions of a Pop Performer and Confessions from a
Holiday Camp. Also appearing were Bill Maynard and Doris Hare. From 1985 to 1986, Booth appeared as pub landlord Ted
Pilkington in the short-lived ITV soap Albion Market. In 2001, Booth appeared in several episodes of Family Affairs playing
Barry Hurst, Sadie Hargreaves' brother-in-law. One of his most recent television appearances was playing a tramp named
Nobby Stuart in a special two-hander episode of EastEnders. In 2007, he also played a tramp called Errol Michaels in
Emmerdale. Both of these characters have played the purpose of a spiritual guide to a down-and-out character, in
EastEnders, Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) and in Emmerdale, Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw).

Personal life
From a working-class background, he is a strong supporter of the Labour Party. He has served as president of Equity, the
actors' union.
He has been married four times. Booth nearly burned to death in 1979 when, during a drunken attempt to get into his locked
flat, he fell into a drum of paraffin. He spent six months in hospital and needed 26 skin graft operations. Shortly after his
release from hospital, he went to visit an 'old flame', Coronation Street actress Pat Phoenix. She took him in and nursed him
back to full health, and they lived together for six years, but eventually, Pat Phoenix's own health began to fail; they were
married in 1986, just days before her death from lung cancer.
In a rebuke to the British government's treatment of pensioners, Booth retired to Blacklion, County Cavan, in the Republic of
Ireland, but has since returned and lived in Broadbottom, 10 miles east of Manchester. He currently resides in Todmorden,
West Yorkshire. He suffered a stroke in 2010.

Selected filmography
   Suspect (1960)
   Pit of Darkness (1961)
   The Valiant (1962)
   Mix Me a Person (1962)
   The L-Shaped Room (1962)
   The Hi-Jackers (1963)
   Till Death Us Do Part (1969)
   Brannigan (1975)

Memoirs
   Tony Booth, Stroll On (1989)
   Tony Booth, A Labour of Love (1997)
   Tony Booth, What's Left? (2002)

References
   1. ^ Madera Tribune Tuesday, August 22, 2006. Tony Blair and John Wilkes Booth, by Bill Coate
   2. ^ Tony Booth (1997),"Labour of Love" ISBN 1-85782-181-5

External links
   Anthony Booth      at the Internet Movie Database
   Laurie Booth     at the Internet Movie Database


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