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Since his overnight success over thirty-five years ago, after
appearing on national TV in The Comedians, Mike Reid has remained
one of Britain's most popular and best-loved comics. His popularity
soared to new heights when he was asked to appear as pub landlord
Frank Butcher in the BBC TV soap EastEnders. Born in Hackney, East
London in 1940, Mike began a life of 'ducking of diving' to earn
money almost as soon as he could walk. He learned to earn his
living by his own wit and street-wise cunning, avoiding a police
record until, aged sixteen, he was caught red-handed ram raiding a
jewellers shop. The result was two years correction in an approved
school in Wales. At seventeen he fled a disastrous teenage marriage
and joined the Merchant Navy, where he got his first taste of
showbiz, becoming director of entertainment. Back home Mike became
involved in the London drinking club scene. His acquaintances
included the notorious Krays, Ronnie Knight and the Nash family. It
was then too he met his present wife, Shirley. In an effort to
support her, Mike turned his back on the criminal world. After some
string-pulling he landed a job as a stunt driver, and featured in
many major films and TV productions including The Saint, The
Avengers and The Dirty Dozen. His big break finally came when he
landed a spot in The Comedians. Mike's colourful life has been
filled with comedy. But there have been personal darker moments
too. Mike and Shirley's beloved 24 year old son committed suicide
on Mothering Sunday, some years ago. His strength of character has
seen him through some very difficult times, and to the public, he
remains a popular, loveable rogue. T'rific is Mike's own story,
told with the wit and wisdom of one who's seen - and done - it all.
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