Family announce death of actor Tony Booth, star of Till Death Us Do Part

Cherie Booth, the wife of Tony Blair, celebrating with her father Tony Booth outside the High Court after she was sworn in as a QC. Credit: PA

Actor Tony Booth, who played "Scouse git" Mike in 1960s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has died, his family has announced.

Booth, 85, who was the father of Cherie Blair, died on Monday night.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004 and had also suffered heart problems.

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."

– Steph Booth

Booth's character in the hugely popular sitcom reflected his own left-wing political beliefs.

When his son-in-law Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1997, his political views proved to be an occasional thorn in the PM's side.