Claire Sweeney 'really moved' in heartbreaking update after loss of Brookside dad

Claire with late Brookside co-star Dean Sullivan
-Credit: (Image: Claire Sweeney Instagram)

Coronation Street's Claire Sweeney has been flooded with messages from fans after sharing a heart-wrenching update on social media, following the tragic loss of her Brookside co-star Dean Sullivan last year. The 53 year old was left shattered by the news of his sudden death last November after a brief illness.

The actor, who is best remembered for his role as Jimmy Corkhill in the Merseyside TV soap, passed away at the age of 68 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018. Claire, who portrayed his on-screen daughter Lindsey Corkhill in the former Channel 4 soap, was among those who attended the funeral service in December to bid her final farewell to her dear friend.

The ITV actress, known for her role as Cassie Plummer on the Cobbles, took to Instagram on Thursday to post a series of photos. The post contained a mix of poignant memories, featuring the late Paul O'Grady and Claire's ex-partner Alan Miller.

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She accompanied the montage with Dusty Springfield's track 'Yesterday When I Was Young' and captioned the photos: "I was sent some photos from Dean Sullivan's house, thank you Jamie.

"They have really moved me, especially to see that 4 of these special men have passed over. I will treasure the pics and these memories RIP Dean Sullivan, Alan Miller, Gary Lawson and Paul O'Grady."

Fans have been quick to offer their heartfelt tributes, with one commenting: "Beautiful memories Claire, Brookside was great, Dean was a major great character. RIP beautiful man."

Another chimed in: "Such great pics. Lovely men." Another fan reminisced: "Lovely memories. Alan Miller was a great goalie at West Brom, such a gentleman. Remember seeing you at games cheering them on. Loved you on Brookie too with Dean...happy days."

A fourth fan humorously remarked: "Such lovely memories. I loved watching brookside. It must make you sad to think they are no longer with you but you are lucky to have great memories."

Claire Sweeney, speaking to the Liverpool Echo after Dean's funeral, reflected on the poignant moment of reuniting with the late actor at the British Soap Awards last year, noting his enduring impact.

She expressed: "Everyone loved Dean. When he walked out at the Soap Awards, there was a gasp. There's Jimmy Corkhill. He was a legendary character. The final shot at the very last episode was on Dean. He was the epitome of Brookside and he was wonderful."