♦ English actor
Born in London, he studied at Oxford and RADA and made his first appearance at the Finsbury Park Open Air Theatre (1950). His interpretation of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at the National Theatre (1979) was highly praised, as was his performance in Miller's The Price (2003, Olivier award). He is best known for playing Alf Garnett, a garrulous, foul-mouthed, right-wing Cockney in the television series Till Death Us Do Part (1966-78). The character returned in two films, Till Death Us Do Part (1968) and The Alf Garnet Saga (1972), a stage show, The Thoughts of Chairman Alf (1976), and a further television series, In Sickness and In Health (1985-92). Mitchell has also appeared in the series So You Think You've Got Troubles (1991) and the mini-series Jackaroo (1993). His many films include Carry On Cleo (1964), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Help! (1965) and Jack Rosenthal's The Chain (1985). In 2008, he returned to the West End stage in a production of Visiting Mr Green.