Brookside cast remember Dean Sullivan at Liverpool funeral

Dean Sullivan
Image caption,Dean Sullivan died last month at the age of 68

Brookside stars have remembered former castmate Dean Sullivan at his funeral.

The Liverpudlian actor and director, who was best known for playing Jimmy Corkhill in the Merseyside TV soap, died last month at the age of 68.

Brookside cast members including Sue Johnston, Michael Starke and Louis Emerick were among those attending the service at Liverpool Parish Church.

The coffin arrived at the church in a horse-drawn carriage with a floral tribute reading “Deano”.

Actress Sue Jenkins attending the funeral for former Brookside actor Dean Sullivan
Image caption,Sue Jenkins played his wife Jackie Corkhill in Brookside
coffin being carried into the church
Image caption,Sullivan had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018

Sue Jenkins, who played his wife Jackie Corkhill, and Claire Sweeney, who played their daughter Lindsey Corkhill, turned out to pay their respects.

Sullivan’s dog, a Schnauzer called Billy, was in attendance.

The soap’s creator Phil Redmond and Paul Burrell, former butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, also arrived for the service.

Floral arrangements
Image caption,The coffin arrived at the church in a horse-drawn carriage with a floral tribute reading “Deano”

The order of service asked for donations in the actor’s memory to be made to Prostate Cancer UK.

Sullivan had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018.

Order of service
Image caption,The order of service asked for donations in the actor’s memory to be made to Prostate Cancer UK

In a statement last month, Sullivan’s family said: “It is with deep sadness we must tell you that actor Dean Sullivan passed away on November 29, 2023 peacefully following a short illness.

“Dean is best remembered as the longest serving cast member of Channel 4’s groundbreaking Brookside playing the role of Jimmy Corkhill, making Dean a British Soap icon.

“To millions he was and very much still is remembered as Jimmy, to family and friends he was Dino.”

The Corkhill family
Image caption,Sullivan joined Brookside in 1986

Brookside launched in November 1982, http://asiafyas.com/ with its houses situated in a real cul-de-sac, part of a housing estate in West Derby, Liverpool.

Sullivan later joined in 1986 and soon became a series regular due to the popularity of his character.

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