Tomlinson hadn't seen his son for a long period before his death and has since spoken of his torment over their relationship. Despite wealth and success, Tomlinson keeps a low profile. His famous friends include comedian Ken Dodd (who calls Tomlinson 'Rickety') and former miners' union firebrand Arthur Scargill. Second wife, Rita, who he married in 2003, took him to Las Vegas to celebrate his 70th birthday though he said he'd have preferred a week in Skegness. These days he divides his time between Liverpool, Wales and Spain and enjoys DIY, biographies and classical music. Critics dismiss him as a champagne socialist but he's still involved in trade unions and the Socialist Labour Party. "I've got a decent lifestyle now," he said. "But you don't forget what it's like to struggle. I can remember when the bailiffs came to take away my furniture and all I had was a table, chair and a mattress. I was so poor the bloke gave me 3.
especially for him. The Royle Family, in which Tomlinson was glued to the sofa as slothful, tight fisted patriarch Jim Royle, cemented his place in the country's affections. The Caroline Aherne penned BBC series, which started in 1998, saw Tomlinson reunited with Sue Johnston, his Brookside screen wife. As Jim Royle he quickly became associated with the catchphrase, "my arse" and went on to release an album of covers entitled Music: My Arse! While his career soared, his personal life was much less fortunate. His beloved mother, Peggy, died in 2002, aged 86. His first marriage to Marlene, the mother of his three children, ended in a bitter divorce. Womens Air Max 90 Ultra Premium
trade contacts were willing to give him work. He began touting himself around as an extra, got his Equity card and was cast in the controversial TV drama United Kingdom. His big break came with a role in Alan Bleasdale's iconic anti Thatcher drama Boys From The Blackstuff. He quickly became the go to guy for any director looking to cast a working class hero whose gruff demeanour hid a heart of gold. Roles followed in Ken Loach's Riff Raff and as trade union activist Bobby Grant in Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, a part which could have been written Nike Air Max Womens Leopard
Worse was to come with the death in 2004 of his oldest son, Clifton, then aged 33, following a lengthy battle with heroin and alcohol addiction.
"After undergoing an emergency quadruple heart bypass in 2007, he embarked on a 70 date comedy tour, renovated his home in Wales and embarked on a crash diet. He puts his new lease of life down to his Nike Women Air Max Thea White young grandson, Louis. After Louis' birth, Tomlinson said being a grandfather made him want to live to be 190. His career ambitions are more modest. When Hollywood came knocking recently, he said no, because it meant a move to America. "What would I want to go over there for? It's not me. I've never been tempted to leave Liverpool. "I've got a Air Max Women 2015
nice little house and everyone knows where we are even the postie looks after me. I still get letters just addressed to 'Ricky Tomlinson, Liverpool', or just 'Jim Royle' and they always get to me. I can go out all the tim.
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