Brian Regan (actor)
Brian James Regan
2 October 1957
Brian James Regan (born 2 October 1957 in Prescot, Lancashire) is an English actor known for playing Terry Sullivan, one of the lead roles in the Channel 4 soap Brookside, during the 1980s and 1990s. He has also had small parts in other television series.
On 12 April 2011, Regan was charged with the murder of a doorman in Liverpool and remanded in custody to await trial. He was cleared of the murder early the following year but was still imprisoned for nearly five years on a lesser charge.
Early life and career
Regan attended Yew Tree Comprehensive School in Dovecot on the outskirts of Liverpool. He trained as an actor at the Liverpool Playhouse and, in addition to his role in Brookside, has also appeared on television in The Bill, Paparazzo and Murphy's Mob. He also appeared in the early years of Sky TV's Soccer AM as 'The Cat'.
He joined the cast of Brookside in 1982, first appearing in episode six. The character of Terry Sullivan was featured in some of the soap's most dramatic storylines, and he was a regular mainstay of the soap until he finally left the series in February 1997. He had previously left the show for a short time to move to London, where he pursued his acting career, but later rejoined. According to an article in the Daily Mail in April 2011, Sullivan and his fellow Brookside character Barry Grant (played by Paul Usher) were the inspiration for comedian Harry Enfield's Scousers.
During the weekend of the 27 February 2011 he was questioned by police over the fatal shooting of a city bouncer, an Iranian Bahman Faraji, in Aigburth, Liverpool and he was charged with murder on 12 April 2011.
On 18 April he appeared by video-link at Liverpool Crown Court. Along with two other men, he was due to next appear on 8 July.
He was also charged in late March 2011 with two counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and two counts of supplying a controlled drug, believed by local news press to relate to cocaine.
On 25 January 2012, Regan was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months imprisonment for his role in the murder of Bahman Faraji in February 2011. He admitted driving the gunman to and from the scene of the murder but denied that he knew that they were carrying a sawn off shotgun or that they intended to kill Faraji. Part of his sentence was for perverting the course of justice as he initially lied about his part in the murder by providing a false alibi.
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