Thomas Baptiste obituary

Actor and singer whose roles ranged from Shakespeare to Coronation Street

Like so many African-Caribbean actors of his generation, Thomas Baptiste, who has died aged 89, straddled two career horses, of token casting and radical breakthrough, and invested both streams of work with pride and dignity.

He appeared on TV in the Dick Emery Show and as a doctor when Warren Mitchell’s Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part turned up for treatment after initiating a racist punch-up at a football match. But he also played for two years in Noël Coward’s Nude With Violin (1956) – in Dublin and then the West End – with John Gielgud, Patience Collier and Kathleen Harrison.

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