Child star Mya-Lecia Naylor has tragically died at just 16 years old. CBBC have just announced that she collapsed on set on the 7th of April, but they haven’t specified a cause of death yet.
Naylor’s first acting role was as Saffy’s baby daughter in Ab Fab, then later she appeared in TV shows Almost Never and Millie Inbetween. In 2012, she starred alongside Halle Berry and Tom Hanks in the movie Cloud Atlas.
A tribute page set up by the BBC has seen a deluge of tributes from devastated fans. Her co-stars, family and friends are also expressing their enormous grief.
Emily Atack, Naylor’s co-star on Almost Never, posted about her on Instagram. “So shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mya-Lecia Naylor. She was a beautiful and talented girl,” she wrote. “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.”
Tillie Amartey, also from Almost Never, wrote: “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.”
The BBC have confirmed the star’s death, writing: “Mya-Lecia was a much loved part of the BBC Children’s family, and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer.”