26/09/2017 12:03 BST | Updated 26/09/2017 15:33 BST

Tony Booth Dead: 'Till Death Us Do Part' And 'Coronation Street' Actor Dies, Aged 85


Tony Booth, best known for his role as Mike Rawlins in the classic BBC sitcom ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ has died, it has been announced.

The actor and campaigner, whose daughter Cherie is married to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, passed away today after suffering from Alzheimer’s for more than 10 years as well as heart problems.

Tony Booth (1931-2017)

A statement released on behalf of his wife, Steph Booth, said: “It is with sadness we announce the death of Antony Booth, actor and political campaigner.

“Tony passed away late last night with close family members in attendance. The family ask for their privacy to be respected at this time.”

During his long and varied acting career he appeared in many well-known British shows including ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Bill’, as well as the ‘Confessions Of…’ sex comedy film series.

In 1960 he made his debut in ‘Coronation Street’, but it was his role as the left-wing son-in-law in the BBC’s ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ from 1965-1975, that made him a household name.

Tony (front) with his 'Till Death Us Do Part' co-stars, Una Stubbs and Dandy Nichols

He never stopped working, appearing in over twenty films including ‘Brannigan’ (1975) and ‘Priest’ (1994).

He also became a regular soap actor including a role on ITV’s short-lived ‘Albion Market’, playing pub landlord Ted Pilkington.

In 2001, he appeared in several episodes of ‘Family Affairs’ as well as scoring roles on ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘EastEnders’ - playing tramps in both soaps.

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