John W Brown of the Society has recently written about George Cole's Streatham Connections
As a young teenage actor he appeared in the production [Cottage to Let] playing the role an evacuee, Ronald Mittsby. This appear-ance saw him perform with that great British comic actor, Alistair Sim, with whom he was to establish a life-long friendship and when Cole’s family evacuated from Streatham in the war Sim became George’s guardian and Cole stayed with him at his home at Henley.
Today Cole is probably best remembered for his long-running role as Arthur Daley in the popular TV series Minder which ran for over 15 years on ITV. George was born on 22nd April 1925 at 19 Defoe Road, Tooting, (now no. 968 Garratt Lane), a nursing-cum- maternity home run by Lucy Blaber, a mid- wife. He spent his ear ly years at his family home close by at 88a Coverton Road in Tooting and attended Defoe Road Infants School before moving to a council house at 30 Cartmel Gardens in Morden.
From childhood he always had a flair for acting and so it was in 1939, as a young juvenile actor, he responded to an advert for a boy understudy for the famous musical White Horse Inn and so began a long and successful career on stage screen and television.
It was in the early years of his career as a young actor that he lived in Streatham, residing for three years in a flat above George Reeves Estate Agents’ shop at 267 Mitcham Lane.