Mike Raven

Austin Churton Fairman (15 November 1924 - 4 April 1997), who used the name Churton Fairman but was more widely known under the pseudonym Mike Raven in the 1960s and early 1970s, was a British radio disc jockey, actor, sculptor, sheep farmer, writer, TV presenter and producer, ballet dancer, flamenco guitarist and photographer. Churton Fairman was born in London, the son of actors Austin Fairman (1892–1964) and Hilda Moore (c.1886-1929). His mother died in America when he was a child, after catching an infection from him, and he was brought up by three aunts, who sent him to Aldenham School. He went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, but was called up for wartime service in the Royal Ulster Rifles, where he served as a lieutenant. After the war he joined the Ballet Rambert as a dancer, but then turned to photography, specialising in ballet shots. He also worked as a conjuror and interior decorator. In 1949, he married Aurelia Pascual y Perez, a refugee from the Spanish Civil War, and returned with her to her home. They had one son and three daughters together; they later divorced.


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