Lindsey Corkhill

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Lindsey Corkhill
Brookside character
Portrayed by Claire Sweeney
Duration 1991-1992, 1995-2001, 2002-2003
First appearance 12 June 1991
Created by Phil Redmond
Brookside:The Lost Weekend (1997)
Brookside:Friday the 13th (1998)
Classification Former; regular

Lindsey Corkhill (previously Stanlow, Phelan and Grant) is a character in Channel 4 soap opera Brookside. She was played by Claire Sweeney from 1991 to 2001 and then again in 2003.[1] When Lindsey Corkhill first came into Brookside, her husband Gary was originally played by Daniel McNamara, but was uncredited. And appeared in several episodes in 1991. In 1992 McNamara was replaced by Andrew Fillis.


Lindsey Corkhill, like her brother Little Jimmy brought a lot of trouble and anguish to her dysfunctional parents Jimmy and Jackie. As the character develops she becomes involved in a circle of organised crime.

Drug smuggling[edit]

In 1996 Lindsey had an affair with Mike Dixon. In revenge for this her husband Gary Stanlow plants drugs in daughter Kylie's teddy bear before the two head for Australia. The two are arrested en route in Bangkok. At the time Lindsey's father Jimmy and Mike's father Ron had been enemies after Jimmy had accidentally killed Ron's son Tony. The two however fought a campaign to free their respective children, first releasing Lindsey and later Mike.[2]

Split with Mike[edit]

Later in 1997, Mike Dixon decides to publish a book about his experience in Bangkok. In failing to credit Lindsey she decides to break with him.[3]

Marriage to Peter Phelan and affair with Barry Grant[edit]

After her break with Mike, Lindsey becomes engaged to Peter Phelan. Soon after however she has an affair with Barry Grant.[3] The two do however marry in spin-off Brookside: Friday the 13th but only after her and father Jimmy are pursued by two armed gangsters intent on killing Jimmy. The marriage did not last long and Peter moved away from the close. Lindsey and Peter divorced not long after.

Harassment from ex-husband Gary Stanlow[edit]

In 1998 Gary turns up again and demands a divorce settlement and access to daughter Kylie. Intent on getting these he harasses Lindsey until she threatens him with a gun. Gary backs down and the two divorce on Lindsey's terms, leaving her free to marry Peter.[4]

Return to the close and marriage to Barry Grant[edit]

Lindsey Corkhill returned along with Barry Grant in 2003 for the final episode. Lindsey persuades her father to come and live with her in a house in the grounds of Barry's mansion in Blaydon, Tyne and Wear. Jimmy gives Lindsey his blessing and eventually moves to Newcastle to live with Lindsey and Barry. Lindsey and Barry marry off screen in 2003.


  1. ^ Kibble-White, Graham; Redmond, Phil (2002-11-04). 20 Years of Brookside. p. 154. ISBN 9781842227640. 
  2. ^ Kibble-White, Graham; Redmond, Phil (2002-11-04). 20 Years of Brookside. p. 110. ISBN 9781842227640. 
  3. ^ a b Kibble-White, Graham; Redmond, Phil (2002-11-04). 20 Years of Brookside. p. 118. ISBN 9781842227640. 
  4. ^ Kibble-White, Graham; Redmond, Phil (2002-11-04). 20 Years of Brookside. p. 124. ISBN 9781842227640.