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Michael Cashman has lived many lives: as a beloved actor of stage and screen; as a campaigner for gay rights; as an MEP and as a life peer. Born in the post-war East End of London, his life was changed when he was spotted in a school play, cast in Oliver! and transported to the West End. As an actor, he found his most defining role as Colin Russell in Eastenders, making television history as one half of the first gay kiss ever broadcast on a British soap. Then a chance encounter at a Butlin’s resort led him to the great love of his life: Paul Cottingham, who would become his husband and partner of 31 years. Cashman went on to found and chair Stonewall with Ian McKellen, fighting tirelessly for civil rights all over the world before entering the world of politics.
Offering a stirring history of a civil rights movement, a sorrowfully clear-eyed exposition of Britain’s standing in Europe and an unforgettable love story, he gives an account of a life lived both left-of-field and firmly embedded in the heart of all that makes this country liberal and good.
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