Anna Norbury, who played Alice Farnham in Brookside, has died at the age of 26.
Her devastated family confirmed that she died on September 7. They shared the news in an obituary published in the Telegraph today (Friday, September 25).
In the tribute Anna’s mum Maria wrote: “She will be remembered for her warmth, her wit, her clarity, her forthrightness and above all 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 that 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 could ever say.”
Anna joined the soap in 1994 and played Alice for three years. However, Brookside ended in 2003.
Brookside cast and family pay tribute to Anna
Anna’s former castmates and family have paid tribute to the former actress.
Michael Starke, who played Thomas ‘Sinbad’ Sweeney between 1982 and 200o wrote on Twitter: “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’s aunt Katharine also paid tribute to her niece on Twitter.
Sharing a photo of Anna, she wrote: “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.
“Dearly dearly dearly loved.”
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. Dearly dearly dearly loved. pic.twitter.com/SNVo7cTBJS
— Katharine Norbury (@kjnorbury) September 8, 2020
Katharine’s followers responded sending their condolences to Anna’s family.
Brookside wasn’t Anna’s only television appearance. She also starred in Channel 4’s documentary Home Free in 2019 with her boyfriend Joe.
The show followed people living with disabilities, looking at how they found their independence.
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