Former Brookside actress Anna Norbury dies aged 26

Former Brookside actress Anna Norbury dies aged 26 after pioneering role helped raise awareness of Down Syndrome - as her mother pays tribute to her ‘beautiful and innocent humanity’ Anna Norbury is best known for playing Alice Farnham in Channel 4's Brookside  The 26-year-old's former co-stars say she 'lit up the whole set' at the 90s soap Her mother Maria paid tribute to her 'warmth, wit, clarity and forthrightness' 

By Luke May For Mailonline

Published: 12:17 BST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 13:20 BST, 25 September 2020

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Former Brookside actress Anna Norbury has died at the age of 26, with her mother paying tribute to her 'beautiful and innocent humanity,' after her pioneering role helped raise awareness of Down Syndrome

Anna was best known for playing Alice Farnham in the Channel 4 soap from 1994 to 1997.

The actress, who helped raise awareness of Down Syndrome during her career, died on September 7, her family have shared today. The cause has not been made public.

Anna's mother Maria wrote in an obituary published in The Telegraph, which read: 'She will be remembered for her warmth, her wit, her clarity, her forthrightness, and above all for her beautiful and innocent humanity.

Anna Norbury's mother Maria, pictured together in November 2019, paid a moving tribute to the former Brookside actress

Anna Norbury's mother Maria, pictured together in November 2019, paid a moving tribute to the former Brookside actress 

Former Brookside co-star Michael Starke and Anna's aunt Katharine Norbury shared moving tribute to the actress

Former Brookside co-star Michael Starke and Anna's aunt Katharine Norbury shared moving tribute to the actress

Anna Norbury became a familiar face on Brookside in the 1990s and later appeared on Channel 4's documentary, Home Free

Anna Norbury became a familiar face on Brookside in the 1990s and later appeared on Channel 4's documentary, Home Free

'Anna may have been born with special needs, but she was so special and unique in herself that we were the ones

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