Kay Purcell, the actress known for her roles in Emmerdale and Tracy Beaker Returns, passed away at the age of 57.
Her death was announced “with great regret” on Twitter of her agents, David Daly Associates.
Purcell had two roles in ITV’s Emmerdale and Gina Conway in Tracy Beaker Returns, a part she reprised in the spin-off series The Dumping Ground.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and earlier this year was told she had inoperable liver cancer.
She wrote on Facebook earlier this month that she was “definitely not giving up” and was looking forward to turning 60.
“From now on, I’m going to live my life to the fullest and live every day the best I can,” she posted.
Meanwhile, Dani Harmer, who played Tracy in the various TV series, marked the death of her co-star by posting a broken-hearted emoji.
It is with great regret that we announce the death of Kay Purcell at the age of 57. Kay was a very valued client who had been represented by David Daly Associates for many years. We send sympathy and love to her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/tB60WiVuzM
— David Daly Assoc. (@DavidDalyAssoc) December 24, 2020
Purcell, who was born in 1963 in Leyland, Lancashire, starred in “Coronation Street” and “Casualty” before moving to “Emmerdale.”
She portrayed Carmel Morgan from 1996 to 1998 before returning to the soap in 2001 to play Cynthia Daggert.
Appearing in the first season of Celebrity Fit Club, Purcell played Candice Smilie in Waterloo Road.
She also appeared as Mrs. Rennison in So Awkward, in which she appeared alongside the late Archie Lyndhurst.
Purcell founded a management company, Kay Purcell Management, in her Northwest home in 2009.
She leaves behind her three children, Ashley, Shemar and Indika, and her “beautiful” grandson, Levon.