Tributes as 'Brookside' actress dies at the age of 26

Anna Norbury in Home Free (Channel 4)
Anna Norbury in Home Free (Channel 4)

Brookside actress Anna Norbury has died at the age of 26.

The family of the actress - who played Alice Farnham in the Channel 4 soap – shared the sad news in an obituary published in The Telegraph.

The notice said that Norbury passed away suddenly on 7th September.

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Brookside’s Michael Starke was among those to pay tribute on Twitter.

The actor, who plated Thomas 'Sinbad' Sweeney on the show, 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.”

In a tweet to one of Norbury’s relatives, he continued: “Please accept mine and my family’s deepest condolences.

“I have such fond memories of beautiful little Anna when she was a star at Brookside.

“What a privilege to have her as a little pal. She would give me a huge smile and a hug. She touched so many of us.

“Thank you for her.”

Gabrielle Glaister, who played Patricia Farnham in the series, tweeted that she was sending love.

The obituary in The Telegraph said: “Dearly beloved daughter of John and Maria, adored sister of Connor and Lauren, and recently engaged to the man who won her heart, Joe Baxter.

Anna Norbury in Home Free (Channel 4)
Anna Norbury in Home Free (Channel 4)

“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.”

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Norbury played Alice on Brookside in the mid 90s and last year appeared in the documentary Home Free.

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