Renowned for his role as Jimmy Corkhill in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, actor Dean Sullivan passed away at the age of 68 following a battle with prostate cancer. Alan Hamilton, his agent, released a statement today confirming that Sullivan had succumbed to the illness yesterday.
Since 2018, Sullivan had been suffering with multiple health issues stemming from his diagnosis of prostate cancer. Given his private nature, details about Sullivan’s personal life remain undisclosed.
Who was Dean Sullivan?
Dean Sullivan, born on June 7, 1955, in Liverpool, was a well-known English actor best known for his role as Jimmy Corkhill in the long-running Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, which aired from 1986 to 2003. Prior to his successful acting career, Sullivan received a B.Ed. from Lancaster University and worked as a dedicated primary school teacher for six years.
Sullivan initially balanced his acting ambitions with the responsibilities of a substitute teacher in between roles. His early involvement in the theatrical scene was with Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre, then known as the Neptune Theatre. At the Liverpool Playhouse, Sullivan appeared in notable productions such as Willy Russell’s Breezeblock Park and Phil Redmond’s Soap Lights.
Sullivan’s pivotal career moment came in February 1986, when he joined the cast of Brookside. This marked the beginning of a significant chapter in his professional life as he immersed himself in the iconic soap opera, becoming an integral part of its narrative tapestry.
His tenure on Brookside extended until its conclusion in November 2003, and during this period, he played a vital role in many of the show’s most beloved storylines. Dean Sullivan expanded his acting career by hosting immersive “murder weekends” through his company, The Murder Game. These events gave his professional portfolio a distinct and interactive dimension.
Notably, Sullivan demonstrated his versatility by appearing as a guest on Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank in 2001, demonstrating his ability to entertain in a variety of formats.
Dean Sullivan’s career Journey
Sullivan was awarded the prestigious British Soap Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2003 for his outstanding contribution to the series, particularly for his captivating portrayal of Jimmy Corkhill. This award was proof of both Sullivan’s extraordinary acting ability and his lasting influence on Brookside’s success.
Viewers’ hearts will always be touched by Dean Sullivan’s iconic portrayal of Jimmy Corkhill, which solidified his legacy as one of Britain’s most accomplished actors. Sullivan’s presence in the entertainment world was expanded in 2008 with a role in the sitcom Terry Across the Mersey.
Simultaneously, he became a radio host, hosting a daily show from the Radio City Tower on City Talk 105.9 until May 2009. This venture demonstrated his adaptability and continued involvement with various aspects of the media industry.
Sullivan was still very much a Brookside resident even after the show ended. In 2008, he indicated interest in buying the houses in an attempt to revitalise the famous Brookside Close. Unfortunately, his dreams of bringing the show back were dashed when the properties were sold to another buyer in December 2008.
Sullivan stated in August 2011 that he would be open to playing Jimmy Corkhill again in other soap operas and that he was interested in doing so again. This demonstrated how much he still cared for the character and how it affected his career.
Dean Sullivan Wife
There was no evidence in the public domain that Dean had a spouse. As a result, there have been rumours regarding his sexual orientation; however, he has never confirmed if he is married or not.