Anna Norbury dead: Brookside star tragically dies at the age of 26

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Brookside star Anna Norbury has tragically died at the age of 26, her family have confirmed.

Anna played the role of Alice Farnham on the hit Channel 4 soap for three years.

She will be best remembered for playing baby Alice, helping to shed a light on Down Syndrome during her time on the soap.

The actress sadly passed away on 7 September, with her family now publicly announcing the news.

Anna's obituary was released in The Telegraph, with her mum Maria writing: "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."

Tributes have flooded in for the former actress with Michael Stark, who played Thomas 'Sinbad' Sweeney on the soap, taking to Twitter.

He wrote to his followers: "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."

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Her real life aunt, Katherine, also announced the news on her social media channel, writing: "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."

Anna starred in the Channel 4 documentary last year, which followed people who live with disabilities on their journey to living their lives independently.

She left Brookside in 1997 when her on-screen mother Patricia, played by Gabrielle Glaister, fled to France with her. The soap was cancelled in 2003 after 21 years on air

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