Cashman, Michael. “One of Them: From Albert Square to Parliament Square”, Bloomsbury, 2020.
Michael Cashman has lived many remarkable lives. He has been a beloved actor of stage and screen; a campaigner for gay rights, a MEP and a life peer.
Cashman was born in the post-war East End of London. His life changed when he is spotted in a school play and then cast in Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” and is transported to London’s West End. He acted on stage and screen into adulthood. He found his most defining role as Colin in “Eastenders” and made television history as one half of the first gay kiss ever broadcast on a British soap. A chance encounter in a Butlins resort led him to the great love of his life: Paul Cottingham, who became his husband and partner of 31 years.
Along with Ian McKellen, he founded and chairs a gay rights organization, Stonewall, and fought tirelessly for civil liberties all over the world before entering the world of politics. His adventures and misadventures lead him and Paul all over the world including having high tea in Los Angeles with David Hockney and flirting with Joan Collins and to flying the rainbow flag over the Albert Hall with Elton John. His greatest triumphs are seasoned with bitter loss as he continues his ceaseless fight bearing a profound grief. The autobiography is filled with nostalgia, wicked showbiz gossip, a history of a civil rights movement and a sorrowful exposition of Britain’s standing in Europe, and an unforgettable love story. He shares his story with warmth, wit and humanity.