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CBBC star Mya-Lecia Naylor dies aged 16: Emily Atack leads tributes to 'beautiful and talented' actress

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 17/04/2019 Telegraph Reporters

Mya-Lecia Naylor © Press Association Mya-Lecia Naylor Mya-Lecia Naylor, the BBC children's TV star, has died aged 16. Naylor, who appeared in shows including Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, died on April 7 but the cause of death remains unclear.

Naylor starred alongside Emily Atack, Fleur East and Tess Daly on CBBC show Almost Never.

The programme followed boyband The Wonderland and rival girl group Girls Here First as they competed on a fictional TV talent competition The Spotlight.

A statement from her representatives, A&J Management, described Naylor as "deeply talented" and said they would miss her "greatly".

They said: "It is with the deepest sorrow we have to announce that on Sunday 7th April Mya-Lecia Naylor, very sadly, died.

Emily Atack © Press Association Emily Atack "Mya-Lecia was hugely talented and a big part of A&J, we will miss her greatly.

"Our love and thoughts are with all her family and friends at this difficult time."

Naylor first appeared on television as a toddler in Absolutely Fabulous as Saffy’s daughter Jane, while her film roles included Miro in Cloud Atlas, alongside Halle Berry and Tom Hanks.

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! star Atack paid tribute on social media.

She said: "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."

Game Of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel  said she was "very sad to hear the tragic news", adding they were both managed by the same company.

Cast of Almost Never © Instagram/@almostnevershow Cast of Almost Never She said: "Although I did not know her personally, I wanted to send my condolences to her family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

A statement posted to the BBC's website described Naylor as a "hugely talented actress, singer and dancer".

It read: "We are so sorry to have to tell you that Mya-Lecia, who you will know from "Millie Inbetween" and "Almost Never" has, very sadly, died.

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"Mya-Lecia was a much loved part of the BBC Children's family, and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer.

"We will miss her enormously and we are sure that you will want to join us in sending all our love to her family and friends."

Alice Webb, director of BBC Children's which includes CBBC, added: "We are distraught and so terribly sad to hear the news about Mya.

"She has shone so brightly on our screens, both in Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, and it's unthinkable that she won't be part of our journey going forward.

"She was hugely popular with our audience, a very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans."

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