Cast of huge Channel 4 drama stun fans with surprise reunion 20 years after it was axed

BROOKSIDE was once one the nation’s best-loved soaps, and kickstarted the careers of some very big names on British TV.

First airing in November 1982, the Channel 4 soap was set in Liverpool and filmed on an actual close built especially for the show.

Brookside was an iconic Channel 4 soap

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Brookside was an iconic Channel 4 soapCredit: Channel 4
Actress Alex Fletcher shared this photo with her on-screen dad Vince Earl

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Actress Alex Fletcher shared this photo with her on-screen dad Vince EarlCredit: @alexfletcher00/Instagram
The pair played Ron and Jacqui Dixon on Brookside

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The pair played Ron and Jacqui Dixon on BrooksideCredit: Channel 4
More of the Brookside cast were also at the party

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More of the Brookside cast were also at the partyCredit: @alexfletcher00/Instagram

The show was axed in 2003 due to the decline in viewing figures.

The hit soap had some iconic story lines before it came to an end.

But fans of the legendary soap still love hearing what the Brookie cast are up to.

That’s why they were thrilled when Brookside legend Alex Fletcher – who played Jacqui Dean on the soap – shared pictures of a mini-reunion with other cast members.

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The actress attended the birthday party of Vince Earl, who played Ron Dixon, and was joined by some much loved stars.

In a slew of Instagram pics Alex can be seen smiling alongside Stephanie Chambers (Gabby Parr), Tiffany Chapman (Rachel Jordache), Gabrielle Glaister (Patricia Farnham) and Paul Byatt (Mike Dixon).

Writing next to the pictures she said: “Happy 80TH Birthday Vince my heart is full celebrating with you & your lovely family & of course the Brookie family too.”

Alex added: “I Love you Vince the best on screen dad anyone could have ever asked for.

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“Where have the years gone !!! #Brookie Reunion #Ron Dixon #The Dixons.”

Meanwhile, last year Brookside sadly lost one of its iconic cast members.

Dean Sullivan dead – Actor best known as Jimmy Corkhill on Channel 4’s Brookside dies aged 68 as tributes pour in

Dean Sullivan, who played Jimmy Corkhill in the popular soap between 1986 and 2003, passed away in November aged 68 peacefully in his sleep following a short illness.

Dean’s agent shared the heartbreaking news.

The statement read: “To millions he was and very much still is remembered as ‘Jimmy’, to family and friends he was ‘Dino’.

“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.”

The soap legend was the longest-serving cast member on Brookside.

His alter-ego was only supposed to appear on Channel 4 soap for six episodes, but was kept on because of how much viewers loved his character.

Alex's character Jacqui had some memorable storylines

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Alex’s character Jacqui had some memorable storylinesCredit: Channel 4
Brookside legend Dean Sullivan passed away last year

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Brookside legend Dean Sullivan passed away last yearCredit: Rex

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