Sylvie Gatrill dead – Brookside and The Responder actress dies after cancer battle

Sylvie Gatrill has died following a battle with cancer.

The actress, who is most well known for her work on comedy series Bread and soap Brookside, passed away on Thursday 17 February.

Sylvie started her on-screen career in the 1989 TV series Bread, where she played the role of Mrs Gullen.

Two years later, she took on the 1991 TV series Fiddlers Three, where she played the role of Sharon.

She then found herself portraying the role of Lesley Donnelly in Brookside. Since 1995, she's taken part in several other shows, including Moving On and most recently, Little Boy Blue.

Alongside her acting career, Sylvie also ran a training and talent agency called Allstars Casting.

Since news of her passing broke, fans and friends have flocked to Twitter to share their heartbreak.

The Responder writer Tony Schumacher wrote: "So sorry to hear of the passing of the quite brilliant Sylvie Gatrill.

"Such a talented actress who was so important in helping set the tone of The Responder. My thoughts are with her family."

Chris Tomlinson, theatre director and Associate Director of Young Everyman & Playhouse, wrote: "I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like this woman, in all my time in Liverpool. Hope Street will be a much quieter place without you."

Regal Entertainments’ Jane Joseph, who knew Sylvie for 50 years, added: “This beautiful woman, both inside and out, was a wonderful and sincere friend to me.

"Always the most quirky of people, Sylvie was unique in every way, dressing in a style she made her own.

“We loved her for her thick mane of strawberry blonde hair, dressed up in plaits and ponytails in styles that were amazingly self-invented. Sylvie directed in a style of her own too – it wasn’t unusual to see her laying on the floor to see things ‘from a different angle and to check her auditorium sight lines’.

“I will miss my long afternoon chats with her putting the world to rights and reminiscing about our wonderful days back at Shelagh Elliott Clarke together, but most recently trying to support and comfort her throughout her darkest moments of worry about her illness that she kept so private and only those most close to her knew about.”

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