Dean Sullivan is a superb leading actor from Liverpool with high quality drama and comedy skills. He is a 2 x British soap awards winner with many tv, stage and presenting credits to date. He has instant recognition to many for his 17 years in Brookside as legendary Jimmy Corkhill. 


He is of course best known for playing Jimmy Corkhill in Channel 4’s soap opera Brookside for nearly 20 years. He is an extremely versatile acotr with credits in theatre, television, film and radio. His stage highlights to date include; playing Scullery in the North West premiere of Jim Cartwright’s ‘Road’ (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), a criticaly acclaimed North West theatre tour of one man monologue ‘Chip in the sugar’ by Alan Bennett and the world premiere of Stand Up! the Musical (with Lionel Blair, Darren Day and Billy Pearce) at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. 

He has also had extensive experience in theatre directing and writing having run his own succesful theatre production company and directing several shows for the National Trust. 

Dean joined the cast of Brookside in February 1986 as regular Jimmy Corkhill and remained with the show until it was axed in November 2003. Dean’s character featured in many of the soaps most memorable moments and ratings-pulling storylines during that time. At it’s peak the show pulled in just under 9 million viewers on a regular basis. Dean played many demanding storylines over the years to include storylines around mental breakdowns, robbery, hit and run drug driving murder, drug issues and many more. At the British Soap Awards, Dean won the best on screen partnership award and a few years later, the special recognition award for his outstanding  portrayal of a truly iconic character in British television history. He recently narrated a DVD of best moments in the show. 

Other super TV roles for Dean have included lead guest parts in BBC’s Doctors, ITV’s The Royal and most recently, ITV’s Crime Stories .

Stage also includes many fine plays and musicals at top venues. He has also starred in many family pantomimes at No1 theatre venues.  

Dean is also a fine presenter, he has presented 3 x TV series for ITV Granada to much acclaim in recent years as well as hosting his own daily 1 hour topical talk show on Radio City’s sister station Citytalk throughout the Merseyside region for many years.

Dean Sullivan is a BEd (Hons) graduate of Lancaster University and was a primary school teacher for six years before becoming an actor and then continued to work as a supply teacher between roles, before his role in Brookside became his full-time job. He enjoys gardening and spending time with his family in his spare time.  

Storylines and information on Dean’s most famous role to date of Jimmy Corkhill can be found here:

Alan Hamilton