Soap actor Kristian Ealey has died aged 38, it has been reported.

The star made a name for himself playing Matt Musgrove on Brookside between 1998 and 2000 before taking the character to Hollyoaks from 2000 to 2004.He was also a vocalist for rock band Tramp Attack, who are well known on the Liverpool music scene.

Soap star: Kristian Ealey as Matt Musgrove alongside the rest of Brookside’s Musgrove family.

Ealey first appeared on Brookside in 1998 when the Musgrove family moved into the close.

Missed: Ealey’s Brookside co-stars took to social media to pay tribute to the soap actor today.

Bright career: Ealey, pictured left and right on Hollyoaks, was later cast in a John Lennon made-for-TV biopic.

Ealey’s character then appeared on Brookside’s sister show, Hollyoaks, as a janitor Hollyoaks Community College.

The character left the show after Chloe ended their relationship before making a brief return in 2004.In 2001, Ealey appeared as Ringo Starr in the made-for-TV biopic, In His Life: The John Lennon Story.

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