|Portrayed by||Louis Emerick|
|First appearance||12 April 1989|
|Last appearance||22 August 2001|
|Created by||Phil Redmond|
Taxi driver |
Michael Johnson is a fictional character from the British soap opera Brookside, played by Louis Emerick. The character made his first appearance during the episode airing on 12 April 1989. He made his final appearance on 22 August 2001.
Emerick had been unable to pay off a telephone bill and a woman named Rita offered to pay it. He refused and instead requested that Rita contact his agent should any acting work arise. He credits her for helping him secure the role of Mick. His first day on set was spent with Brian Regan (who played Terry Sullivan). Mick's first scenes involved him picking up a dead body in his taxi with Terry. By 1998, Emerick was on a £70, 000 contract with the show.
In 2001, Emerick decided to leave Brookside to pursue other acting opportunities. Executive producer Paul Marquess said that it was a mutual decision because there was nothing more to do with the character. Marquess added "writers have taken time to come up with an emotional storyline fitting for the long-serving character."
Jon Horsley from Yahoo! stated "Louis Emerick added wit and humour to the often bleak soap and became one of its most loved and recognisable characters." He named Mick's most memorable storylines as being the victim of racial abuse and a steroid addiction. A reporter from the Manchester Evening News has branded Mick as "loveable" and admitted they missed watching the character. A writer from believed that Emerick was a Brookside favourite with viewers. Author of Black in the British Frame Stephen Bourne opined that Mick was an inoffensive black character, much like Alan Jackson (Howard Antony), a character from rival soap opera EastEnders. Bourne described them both as "good, reliable, hard-working fathers, and as well-integrated members of their communities."
- Horsley, Jon (1 March 2012). "Life After Soap – Louis Emerick". Yahoo!. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- Vincent, Nigel; Schaverien, Tracy (11 January 1998). "I know how tough it is being adopted... I spent eight years searching for my real mother; Brookside's pizza man Mick tells how soap plot mirrors his real-life agony". Sunday Mirror. (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- Miles, Tina (26 March 2012). "Liverpool actor Louis Emerick returns to Brookside Close as hopes are raised for 30th anniversary DVD". Liverpool Echo. (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "Brookside actor quits". Daily Mail. (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "It's seven characters in one night for former Brookside actor Louis Emerick". Manchester Evening News. (Trinity Mirror). 1 June 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "A fairy-tale wedding for 'Brookside' favourite Louis Emerick and his beautiful bride Lisa Crawford". Hello. (Hello Ltd). Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- Bourne 2001, p. 179.
- Bourne, Stephen (30 November 2001). Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television Second Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 0-8264-5539-5.
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