Ex-EastEnders actress Josephine Melville dies backstage after play

Ex-EastEnders actress Josephine Melville dies backstage after play

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Actress, writer and director Josephine Melville died yesterday after appearing in a production  of Nine Night at Nottingham Playhouse. The talented performer portrayed Tessa Parker in EastEnders during the 1980s and her other credits include The Bill and Casualty. 

Nottingham Playhouse has said Josephine was treated by paramedics and a medically qualified audience member but died at the scene yesterday. 

A cause of death has not yet been disclosed, but Nottingham Playhouse has since paid tribute to the Essex-born actress and described her as a “wonderful and well-loved person”.

The venue’s statement read: “We are deeply saddened to announce that last night the actor Josephine Melville, passed away backstage at Nottingham Playhouse following the performance of the play Nine Night, in which she was performing.

“Josephine’s family have been informed, and our thoughts and deep condolences are with them.”

“On a deeply tragic and extremely difficult evening we want to pay tribute to the company of Nine Night and to the whole Nottingham Playhouse team who managed the situation with empathy and professionalism.”

The Yorkshire venue’s chief executive James Brining said: “We are profoundly saddened by Jo’s passing and add our condolences to her family and loved ones.

“We were truly honoured to work with her on this wonderful co-production of Nine Night and are doing everything we can to support her family, the company and staff across both theatres.”

Earlier this year, Josephine appeared in the video for Ella Henderson’s single Brave.

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