London news Only Fools, EastEnders, Vicar of Dibley and other TV stars who died young Uk news
MetiNews.Com - We remember them for their outstanding contributions to British comedy
Breaking News ! Get FREE email updates for EastEndersInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.I'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice It's always a complete tragedy when someone is taken away too soon. And while we may not know them personally, it can still have a huge impact on us as viewers when a television star dies young. Sadly, we have seen this happen to some of Britain's best over the years - from the likes of Only Fools and Horses, EastEnders, Vicar of Dibley, Bottom and Grange Hill. While they may be gone, we still remember them for their incredible talent which we were lucky to get the chance see. Here are some of Britain's TV stars that tragically died young. Emma Chambers Emma Chambers and Dawn French on set for The Vicar of Dibley (Image: BBC) Many will remember Emma as the incredible actress who played Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley. She also starred as Honey Thacker in the film Notting Hill. But Emma tragically died of a heart attack at the age of just 53. The star had spent her life battling against chronic allergies, suffering asthma attacks, taking steroid injections and ending up in hospital multiple times throughout her life. She couldn't even touch animals without the risk of having an extreme allergic reaction. Sign up to MyLondon's FREE EastEnders newsletter Is your weekly dose of drama from Albert Square simply not enough? Do you find yourself scrolling through the social media pages of cast members, trying to guess what might happen next? Are you as well acquainted with the 'Enders as your are your own family? If the answer to any of the above questions is a resounding yes, we have good news. You can sign up for MyLondon's EastEnder's newsletter to get all the latest from Walford straight to your inbox twice a week - and it's absolutely FREE! Make sure you stay ahead of the crowd and get all the gossip on upcoming storylines, off-screen gossip and updates about the cast by signing up. To sign up to the EastEnders London newsletter, simply follow this link and select the newsletter that's right for you. And to really customise your news experience on the go, you can download our top-rated free apps for iPhone and Android. Find out more here. In an interview with The Telegraph in 2002, she recalled an incident when performing in a London play, which had to be stopped when they discovered a cat backstage. She said: "I had to dash up to wardrobe, I had to leave. I was itching, wheezy. My voice was husky the next day — from being in here for a few minutes — and I looked horrendous.
. What a diva I am!" Ross Davidson
Ross Davidson played Andy O'Brien on the soap
Original EastEnders fans will remember the character of Andy O'Brien - the altruistic nurse and boyfriend of Debbie Wilkins. After 18 months on the show, the character became the first to be killed off in 1986, after running into the road to save a child from being hit by an out of control lorry. Andy O'Brien was played by Scotsman Ross Davidson, who faced his own tragic death in real life. Ross was diagnosed with a brain tumour the same year he married his wife in 2005. After surgery, he publicly announced he had only 12-18 months to live. The actor sadly died in his home in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex in 2006, at the age of 57. You can read more about his life here. Rik Mayall
L to R: Rik Mayall as Richie and Ade Edmondson as Eddie in the first series of Bottom, 1991
Bottom, The Young Ones, Blackadder and Drop Dead Fred are just some of the incredible comedies you will have seen Rik Mayall star in. That is until June 2014, when Rik died at his home in Barnes following a sudden heart attack after a jog. He was only 56-years-old. Fellow comedians Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Richardson, Alan Rickman and Young Ones co-stars Adrian Edmondson were amongst the many that attended his funeral back where his family were based in Devon. Terry Sue-Patt
L to R: Todd Carty as Tucker Jenkins and Terry Sue-Patt as Benny Green in Grange Hill, 1978
Many will remember Terry Sue-Patt from his time playing Benny Green in Grange Hill. But his screen career began long before then, when he appeared in films including The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water and Blind Man’s Bluff, as well as promotional videos for Bob Marley’s Punky Reggae Party and Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall. Terry was also a talented footballer who had trials with Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea. He was 13-years-old when he was spotted playing in a park by Grange Hill’s first producer. The actor said: "I basically played myself in Grange Hill. There weren’t many black actors about on TV at that time. I had a great time, getting time off school to play football. It was a bit of a dream come true, really." After his time on the 70s school show, the Islington-born actor also starred in The Firm, Desmond's and Scene. But Terry's life came to a very tragic end.
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