Eastenders star Melanie Clark Pullen dies from cancer aged 46
The actress died from brain cancer.
Irish actress Melanie Clark Pullen has sadly died from cancer.
She was only 46-years-old.
The actress, born in Bray, was best known for her role in Eastenders.
She joined the popular soap in the 90s. Melanie played Mary Flaherty, who was Pauline Fowler's long-lost relative.
She also starred in The Clinic, The Railway Children, and Lady Audley's Secret.
Melanie also had a part in Fair City.
As well as acting, the Bray-born star was a writer, director, and producer.
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Tributes have been pouring in for the actress since news of her death broke this afternoon.
Melanie passed away from cancer in hospital, her family confirmed.
She was diagnosed with cancer in January 2019 but was given the all-clear in 2020.
However, her cancer returned and she was diagnosed with a brain tumour last June.
She shared an update with fans on her website.
"I was only given the all clear from cancer 18 months ago and it's a cruel blow to think that I will now be starting into some kind of treatment again and that this time it will be long term and a permanent fixture of my life."
— Walford Web (@walfordweb) April 12, 2022
Fans have been paying tribute to the actress this afternoon.
One wrote, "Another one taking from the dreadful C. RIP Melanie Clark Pullen. She played Mary Flaherty in EastEnders from 1997 to 1999. The first Irish barmaid in EastEnders. Also a part of the 1997 Irish episodes. Fowler's."
Mary is survived by her husband Simon and their three children.