The actor Tony Booth, who starred in the 1960s TV sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has died aged 85.
Booth played the âScouse gitâ son-in-law of the foul-mouthed Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell) in the popular comedy, before becoming better known in later life for being the father of Cherie Blair.
A committed Labour supporter, having joined the party when he was 15, Booth did not let family ties get in the way of him criticising Tony Blairâs government, his interventions often proving embarrassing for the prime minister and his wife.
The actorsâ union Equity paid tribute to âan outstanding actor and campaignerâ.
Booth married four times and had eight daughters. He was diagnosed with Alzheimerâs in 2004 and had experienced heart problems.
A statement released on behalf of his widow, Steph Booth, said: âIt 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.â
Booth was born in Liverpool in 1931. He discovered a talent for acting and, during his national service, entertained his fellow conscripts in amateur productions.
Cherie Booth was born in Bury, Lancashire, in 1954, during Tonyâs marriage to Gale Booth. By the time she was five, her father had left.
He was an early authentic working-class voice on television and his portrayal in Till Death Us Do Part of the long-haired Liverpudlian Mike, always at odds with his bigoted father-in-law, reflected his own political beliefs.
These beliefs saw him become a thorn in the side of his real-life son-in-law when Blairâs New Labour government swept into No 10 in 1997.
He railed against âandroidsâ at Labourâs Millbank HQ and accused the prime minister of stuffing the House of Lords with âTonyâs Croniesâ.
His daughter was not exempt from criticism, as when he attacked the coupleâs decision to send their eldest son to the selective, grant-maintained London Oratory school.
During the firefightersâ strike in 2002, he said the government had âruthlesslyâ squashed their pay demands. He also accused it of being âprepared to throw away billionsâ on the Iraq war, rather than spending the money on pensioners.
His son-in-law made light of the criticism, once saying: âI donât think it would be the very first time I had a little bit of grief from Tony along the way.â
At the Labour party conference in 2002, Blair said he was once given a V-sign by an elderly man with grey hair who was ârespectable enoughâ to have been his father-in-law.
Turning to his wife, the prime minister added: âI should have given him one in return, shouldnât I?â
Despite political differences, Booth remained close to his daughter and was with her and her husband at his constituency election count in the 2005 general election.
As well as Till Death Us Do Part, Booth had a host of film and TV roles during the 1960s, including playing Malcolm Wilkinson in Coronation Street.
His third marriage was to the actor Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street and died from cancer a week after their wedding in 1986.
She was said to have become the love of his life after he met her as a young man. He went out with her again in his 50s and nursed her through her illness.
He married his fourth wife, Stephanie Buckley, in 1998.
Booth enjoyed a revival in his television career in the 1990s, with roles in Holby City, The Bill and Mersey Beat.
The actor, writer and comedian Neil Fitzmaurice, who starred alongside Booth in ITVâs 2007 conspiracy thriller Mobile, paid tribute to a âa very sweet and funny manâ.