BROOKSIDE gave us our first lesbian kiss on TV and kicked off the careers of some of the nation’s most beloved stars including Anna Friel and Sue Johnston.
Besides that kiss between Beth Jordache and Margaret Clemence, it featured several iconic storylines before ending in November 2003 – including the incestuous love affair between brother and sister Nat and Georgia Simpson.
This week, eagle-eyed fans spotted actor Michael Starke – who plays Sinbad in Brookie – in the BBC drama Respondent.
While many of its stars have continued to act, some have endured more drama in their personal lives. Below, we reveal the members of the Brookside cast so far.
Dean Sullivan, 66, is Brookside’s longest-serving actor, which is impressive considering he was originally only supposed to be around for six episodes as recurring character Jimmy Corkhill.
Jimmy famously found Trevor Jordache’s body in the courtyard with Eddie Banks, and he also battled drug addiction for the duration of the show.
Since Brookside ended, Dean has starred in the sitcom Terry Across the Mersey and hosted the daily radio show.
In 2019, Dean revealed he was battling prostate cancer but luckily it was all clear. However, he must have hormone injections every six months for three years to prevent the cancer from coming back.
Brian Regan, 64, played Terry Sullivan from the beginning of the show from 1982 to 1997.
But his acting career fizzled out after that, and he plunged into a life of drug dealing and addiction.
In 2012, he was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months in prison for lying to police about his role in the murder of Iranian doorman Bahman Faraji in Aigburth, and for selling drugs.
Brian was cleared of murder but found guilty of breaking the law after it emerged that he lied to police when he was first arrested.
In 2013, it was reported that Brian was a man flagged in prison for fear of a revenge attack from people close to a murder gang he helped convict.
The father of three has been so assaulted and threatened that he sits in HMP Liverpool with protective VP (Vulnerable Prisoner) status, spending time in solitary confinement for his own safety.
Elizabeth Avis played Laura Stevens in Brookside from 2002 to 2003.
And while she hasn’t gone unnoticed, the 38-year-old has been charged with adultery after hurling herself out of her car window during a furious road dispute just four years after leave the program.
Elizabeth, who is staying with her mother, also known as Elizabeth, is embroiled in a fight with the passengers in the car next to them – and Elizabeth Snr. ended up punching one of the others.
Elizabeth Snr. was picked out of an identity parade, while actress Brookside’s saliva was later found on the front passenger window, linking her to the incident.
Both of them confessed to hurting themselves.
The actress was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 in prosecution costs.
But her mother was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work, and pay expenses of £200.
Annie Miles, 63, played Terry Sue Sullivan’s wife in Brookside from 1987 before her character’s untimely death in 1991.
She then became a familiar face on Channel 5 as Maria Simons, a restaurant manager in the Family division, from 1997 to 2000.
Annie now lives away from the limelight in London with husband Bobby Aitken and two children Ellie and Finlay.
But he was at Brookside before that from 2000 to 2003, as little Anthony Murray.
He went on to release a swing album after the X Factor, and became a famous face on television, spurred on by his victory on TV. Dancing on the ice in 2009.
Ray returned to his soap roots in 2018 to 2019 when he joined the cast of Hollyoaks ahead of the release of his second album.
Regarding his personal life, Ray married Emma Stephens in 2012 but they divorced in 2015. They share son Harry.
Gillian Kearney best known for playing Debbie McGrath in Brookside from 1986 to 1989 and in the mini-off series Damon and Debbie.
After leaving, she went on to star in Casualty, Silent Witness, Shameless and Emmerdale as love interest Emma Barton.
Gillian left Dales in 2017, and she’s since moved on to direct, earning her first credit in 2019 with the women’s prison film Clink.
She will also play the mother in the upcoming film The Naughty Boys this year.
Gillian has a son, John Gerard Foo, with longtime partner Eddie Foo after the two met in 2009.
Since 1998, Jennifer Ellison played Emily Shadwick in Brookside, until she fell out of a window and died in 2003.
Jen then quickly embarked on a musical career, releasing Baby I Don’t Care which peaked at number six on the UK charts.
The following year, after returning to prominence with a win in Hell’s Kitchen, Jen released her second single Bye Bye Boy, which peaked at number 13. She also began appearing in boys’ mags.
Riding her wave of fame, she even starred in the 2004 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera.
She also appeared in the 2012 series Dancing on Ice and has appeared in several stage shows across the UK and the West End.
The mother of three, who has long battled weight issues, appeared on ITV’s Lorraine in 2015 where she vow “never go on a yo-yo diet again” after it was revealed that she had reached 14th.
Jennifer is also known as a judge on the show Dance Mums UK. She has her own dance studio – Jelli Studios – which produces Boogie Storm, who appeared in the Britain’s Got Talent final.
Most recently, she revealed she was hospitalized for a mysterious illness, just 12 weeks after she stabbed herself with a fishing hook and demanded an A&E dash.
Most recently, Ricky and Royle Family co-star Ralf Little introduced a travel series called Ricky & Ralf’s Very Northern Road Trip for Gold.
Ricky has had two heart attacks and in 2013 he underwent a massive heart surgery after having a quadruple amputated.
Since then, he has campaigned for free screenings for men to combat the rise of heart disease.
In 1962, Ricky married Marlene, with whom he had three children; son Clifton, who died aged 33 in 2004 after a battle with drug and alcohol abuse, son Gareth and daughter Kate.
He and Marlene broke up in 1986. In 1993 he met social worker Rita Cummiskey, whom he married 10 years later, and who now works as his manager.
While Anna FrielAt 45 years old, having not starred in Brookside for long, her character Beth Jordace has played a part in two of the show’s most iconic storylines.
The first is the murder of her father, Trevor, with Beth stabbing him before helping her mother bury him in the yard of their garden. The second time was Beth’s lesbian kiss.
Since leaving Brookside, Anna has starred in a number of television series including Pushing Daisy and Marcellafor which she won an Emmy.
Off-screen, Anna’s love life has attracted media attention, especially when ex-boyfriend Darren Day revealed on Celebrity Big Brother that Robbie Williams tried to rob her from him during their relationship.
While she didn’t succumb to the former Take That star’s charms while with Darren, Anna and Robbie dated briefly after their split.
In 2001, Anna began a relationship with actor David Thewlis, after the two met on a flight to Cannes. Later that year, she broke down and had to be urgently hospitalized for emergency surgery and blood transfusion twice because of a ruptured ovarian cyst.
It was discovered that she had endometriosis and would have difficulty conceiving. She later became pregnant and gave birth to daughter Gracie Ellen Mary Friel on 9 July 2005 at Portland Hospital, London.
In December 2010, Anna and David separated, she continued to date actor Rhys Ifans in 2014 for three years.
She continues to date military officers Mark Jaworski for a few years until the lock down, but is currently single.
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