Family members and co-stars paid tribute to children’s television star Mya-Lecia Naylor last night after news emerged of the actress’s sudden death at the age of 16.
The BBC announced Mya-Lecia, star of hit shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, had died on April 7 in a post on their CBBC children’s TV website yesterday.
A tribute page set up by the BBC was immediately flooded with tributes from the star’s legion of devastated teenage fans, with many asking how she had died after a cause of death was not given.
Mya-Lecia’s first role was on Absolutely Fabulous aged just one, as Saffy’s daughter Jane, and she appeared on screen alongside Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the 2012 film Cloud Atlas.
Almost Never co-star Emily Atack, the I’m A Celebrity contestant, paid tribute to the youngster on Instagram.
She wrote: ‘So shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mya-Lecia Naylor. She was a beautiful and talented girl.
‘A complete joy to be around on the set of Almost Never. Sending all my love to her family & friends. Rest in peace beautiful girl x.’
Another Almost Never co-star Tillie Amartey added: ‘Rest forever in peace my beautiful angel you are loved and always will be your legacy lives on in all of us we will do you proud I promise.’
Mya-Lecia played a member of the girls band Girls Here First in the show which saw the group compete against boy band The Wonderland on a fictional TV talent competition The Spotlight.
Geraldine Beggs, Mya-Lecia’s grandmother, was flooded by supportive messages after she shared a sweet snap of her on Facebook.
The Wonderland band member Oakley Orchard also paid tribute saying: ‘Rest in peace to my little pink wafer. Absolutely devastated, will miss all the fun times we had together.’
Nathaniel Dass added: ‘We are all going to miss you so so much and Almost Never won’t be the same without you.
‘The most beautiful girl inside and out, kind and funny I will never forget you and thank you for being a part of my life.’
She was best known for her role as Fran in CBBC’s Millie Inbetween, and was a budding model and singer, featuring in a six-piece band called Angels N’ Bandits.
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Source: Daily Mail