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Dean Sullivan cause of death: Brookside actor dies aged 68

Dean Sullivan, the actor best known for playing Brookside character Jimmy Corkhill, has died aged 68.

The actor, known to millions as drug dealer Jimmy Corkhill in Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, confirmed he was living with the illness in May – five years after his original diagnosis.

A statement from Dean’s family confirmed the sad news of his death on Thursday. ‘It is with deep sadness we must tell you that actor Dean Sullivan passed away on 29th November 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’.”

It continued: “Dean’s family wants to thank Arrowe Park Hospital for their unwavering and consistent support.”

“We ask that you respect their privacy in their time of grief.”

Who was Dean Sullivan?

Dean Sullivan
Dean Sullivan cause of death: Brookside actor dies aged 68

Dean Sullivan was born in Liverpool on 7 June 1955. He graduated from Lancaster University with a B.Ed. (Hons) and was a primary school teacher for six years before becoming an actor.

He continued to work as a substitute teacher between roles before Brookside became his full-time job.

Sullivan was a member of Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre (at that time named the Neptune Theatre), and appeared in the Willy Russell play Breezeblock Park and the Phil Redmond play Soaplights at the Liverpool Playhouse.

He joined Brookside in February 1986, and remained with the programme until it ended in November 2003, featuring in many of its most popular storylines during that time

In 2003, he won the British Soap Award for Outstanding Achievement for his role as Jimmy.

Sullivan has organised “murder weekends” with his company, The Murder Game. In 2001, he appeared on Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank.

In 2008, he appeared in the sitcom Terry Across the Mersey, and presented a daily show on City Talk 105.9 from the Radio City Tower until May 2009.

The purpose-built Brookside Close which was created for the series was sold in December 2008.

Sullivan had wanted to buy the houses to revive the show, but they were sold to a different buyer.

In August 2011, he expressed interest in reprising his role as Jimmy Corkhill in other soap operas

Dean Sullivan cause of death

Dean Sullivan, the actor best known for playing Jimmy Corkhill in the British soap opera Brookside, died on November 29, 2023 at the age of 68.

He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 and had undergone treatment for it.

His cause of death has not been confirmed by his family or his representatives, but some sources suggest that he might have succumbed to the complications of his illness.


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