The actress Sophiya Haque who starred in Coronation Street has died days after being diagnosed with cancer.
The 41-year-old, who played barmaid Poppy Morales, died at a London hospital this morning according to her agent.
She had been diagnosed with cancer only recently after falling ill before Christmas.
Miss Haque developed a blood clot on her lungs and died in the early hours of this morning.
She was described by her agent Oliver Thomson as "such a wonderful friend", who confirmed her death to the Evening Standard.
Ms Haque lived in London with her partner, musical director David White, and the couple were in the process of building a houseboat when she fell ill.
Mr Thomson added: “They were very happy together.”
She was currently performing the role of Sylvia in Privates on Parade for the Michael Grandage Company.
Ms Haque was also well known for her roles in West End productions including Bombay Dreams, The Far Pavilions and Wah Wah Girls.