It’s surprising how many stars have swapped the suburban driveways and gardens of Brookside for the cobblestones of Coronation Street over the years.

Some are well known like Sue Johnston, who played Sheila Grant on Brookside before becoming landlady Gloria Price in Weatherfield.

More recently, Louis Emerick crossed over to Corrie to play Liz McDonald’s love interest Mike Thornberry while Michael Starke took a more roundabout route via hospital drama The Royal. He appeared briefly on the Street as kebab-shop owner Jerry Morton.

But these performers are only part of the story.

Liverpool actress Sue Jenkins as Rovers’ Return barmaid Gloria Todd, January 1985

Liverpool actress Sue Jenkins as Rovers’ Return barmaid Gloria Todd, January 1985

Other Merseyside actors who’ve featured in both prime-time soaps include Kate Fitzgerald, who also played Loretta Chase in Benidorm, Mark Monaghan, who was Dr Owen Davis in Holby City, and Marji Campi who portrayed Joyce Watson in Surgical Spirit.

Fitzgerald appeared on Coronation Street as recently as last week playing Nancy Tinker at her daughter Sinead’s wedding to Daniel Osbourne. She arrived on the Street in 2015 after portraying Doreen Corkhill in Brookside for five years from 1985 to 1989.

A former pupil of Notre Dame Catholic College in Stanley Park, Fitzgerald made her first TV appearance in the Willy Russell play The Daughters of Albion in 1979. She also starred in Educating Rita at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1981.

Marji Campi was Jack Duckworth’s girlfriend Dulcie Froggatt on the Street in the early 1980s before appearing as Jessie Hilton in Brookside from 1998 to 2002.

Sue Jenkins with Brookside screen daughter Claire Sweeney (Lindsey Corkhill), November 1998

Sue Jenkins with Brookside screen daughter Claire Sweeney (Lindsey Corkhill), November 1998

A familiar face on stage and TV, she played operating theatre administrator Joyce Watson in the medical sitcom Surgical Spirit from 1989 to 1995 as well as appearing in the Merseyside police drama Z-Cars in 1967.

Campi portrayed Elvi Brown in the BBC soap EastEnders in 2006 and also appeared in The Bill, Casualty and Where the Heart Is. Her stage work includes playing Shirley Valentine in Colchester, Hull and Frankfurt.

Toxteth-born Mark Moraghan appeared as fork-lift truck driver Adrian Mortimer in Coronation Street in April 2015 after playing Greg Shadwick in Brookside. His character enjoyed a brief dalliance with Street regular Eileen Grimshaw before leaving the series.

Moraghan was the narrator of the children’s TV show Thomas and Friends as well as playing Ray Wyatt in Dream Team, the chronicles of the fictional football club Harchester United. He has also appeared in London’s Burning, Peak Practice and Heartbeat.

Nicola Stephenson, who played Margaret Clemence on Brookside, February 2019

English actress Nicola Stephenson attends the family gala screening of The Kid Who Would Be King at Odeon Leicester Square in London. FEBRUARY 3rd 2019

In 2006, Moraghan starred in the musical production of Willy Russell’s Our Day Out at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. He was also a vocalist in the Merseyside band Personal Column in the 1970s.

Liverpool actress Sue Jenkins played barmaid Gloria Todd on Coronation Street for 238 episodes from 1985 to 1988. She had relationships with factory owner Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and Alan Bradley (Mark Eden).

Her Brookside character Jackie Corkhill had a much tougher time trying to tame errant husband Jimmy in stories involving drug addiction and attempted suicide from 1991 to 2000.

Actresses Nicola Stephenson and Anna Friel had no idea they’d make TV history on Brookside when they first appeared on Coronation Street.

Anna Friel, who famously portrayed Beth Jordache on Brookside, August 1996

Anna Friel, who famously portrayed Beth Jordache on Brookside, August 1996

Michael Starke, who played Thomas ‘Sinbad’ Sweeney, February 2016

Michael Starke, who played Thomas ‘Sinbad’ Sweeney, February 2016

Friel featured in two episodes of the Granada-produced soap as Vicky Arden’s friend Belinda Johnson in August 1991. She also played Poppy Bruce in Emmerdale a year later.

But the role that made her a household name was Brookside’s Beth Jordache. She played the character from 1993 to 1995 in some of the most memorable storylines in British soaps.

These included the murder of abusive father Trevor Jordache, whose body was famously buried under the patio, and TV’s first pre-watershed lesbian kiss with live-in nanny Margaret Clemence, played by Stephenson.

Its impact was immense. More than nine million viewers watched the January 1994 episode of Brookside when it first aired – and it reached an audience of five billion when Danny Boyle included it in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Sue Johnston (Gloria Price) and John Michie (Karl Munro) on the Coronation Street set, July 2013

Sue Johnston (Gloria Price) and John Michie (Karl Munro) on the Coronation Street set, July 2013

Stephenson appeared as newspaper delivery girl Priscilla Millbanks on Coronation Street in 1988 before moving to Brookside in 1990.

She also played Tess Harris in Emmerdale, and teacher Allie Westbrook in 11 episodes of Waterloo Road.

Brookside actress Sue Johnston (Sheila Grant) and her on-screen family, October 1982

Brookside actress Sue Johnston (Sheila Grant) and her on-screen family, October 1982