Brookside star Anna Norbury has sadly passed away at the age of 26.
The actress, who was known for playing Alice Farnham in the Channel 4 soap, died on 7 September with her family sharing the sad news today.
In an obituary published in the Telegraph, Anna’s mum Maria wrote: “She will be remembered for her warmth, her wit, her clarity, her forthrightness, and above all for her beautiful and innocent humanity.
“Anna may have been born with special needs, but she was so special and unique in herself that we were the ones who needed her.
“Her smile shone a bright light into the world of everyone who was lucky enough to meet her. Our loss is greater than we can ever say.”
Anna starred in Brookside for three years after starting on the show in 1994.
Following news of her death, tributes have been paid by some of her former co-stars.
Michael Starke, who played Thomas ‘Sinbad’ Sweeney in the soap for 16 years took to Twitter to speak out on the tragic news.
He wrote: “Today we say farewell to Anna Norbury. She was ‘Baby Alice Farnham’ in Brookside. She was one of the most treasured and beautiful young cast members. Love and strength to her wonderful family.”
Anna also appeared in Channel 4 documentary Home Free in 2019, where she was joined by her partner Joe.
The show focused on people living with disabilities on their journey to independence.
Anna’s aunt Katherine also tweeted: “Anna Kate Norbury who won the hearts of millions as Alice Farnham in Brookside and more recently in the Channel 4 documentary Home Free with her boyfriend Joe, with whom she was on the cusp of beginning independent living has died aged 26.”
To Brookside fans Anna will be best remembered as baby Alice, who helped shed light on Down Syndrome during her time on the soap.
Anna left the show in 1997 as part of a dramatic storyline where her on-screen mother Patricia fled to France to escape her partner Max.