Tony Diamond was brought up in England, East Sussex on a Hove council estate in the 1950's and 60’s. He had an unusual family life. The man who Tony thought was his father wasn't, the real one lived two doors away. His behaviour got him into trouble at an early age; at ten years old he was given Electro-Convulsive Therapy. He was later disowned by his family and sent into the care of Barnardos, they sent him to work on a farm in Australia.