By Luke May For Mailonline
Published: 12:17 BST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 13:20 BST, 25 September 2020
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
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 may have been born with special needs, but she was so special and unique in herself that we were the ones