Ricky Tomlinson was born September 26th 1939 in Blackpool, England. He lived in Liverpool while growing up. Before turning to acting, he worked as a building site plasterer for many years, becoming involved in trade union politics and activism. In 1972, he joined the flying pickets in a building workers dispute in Shrewsbury he was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of 'conspiracy to intimidate' as one of the "Shrewsbury Two", with Des Warren, and in 1975 disrupted the TUC conference by shouting from the wings after he had been prevented from speaking from the stage.
When Ricky turned to acting, he became incresingly popular in the role of Bobby Brown on British soap "Brookside". He starred as Jim Royle on "The Royle Family". He also played Robbie Coltrane's second boss in UK drama Cracker.
Recently, Ricky released an autobiography entitled "Ricky". Ricky is also filming a 90 minute special of "The Royle Family", which went off air 6 years ago.
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