Devastating news today out of the entertainment industry:
Mya-Lecia Naylor, a British actress best known for her roles on the programs Almost Never and Millie Inbetween, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday.
She was 16 years old.
The tragedy was confirmed late Wednesday evening by CBBC, which released the following statement:
We are so sorry to have to tell you that Mya-Lecia, who you will know from ‘Mille Inbetween’ and ‘Almost Never’, has very sadly died.
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.
It remains unclear at this time just what caused the death of this rising British star.
In a statement of her own to E! News, Alice Webb, Director at BBC Childrens said the following:
"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."
All we can verify at the moment, courtesy of Naylor’s agents, A&J Management, is that the young actress collapsed prior to her passing.
Aside from her acting credits, Naylor was an aspiring model and singer.
She got her start as a toddler on the beloved British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.
From there, Mya-Lecia booked roles in television movies and miniseries before landing her biggest role on the CBBC series Millie Inbetween.
Following four years on the show, she transitioned over to the CBBC comedy/drama Almost Never.
The official Instagram account for this latter series also mourned Naylor's death last night, sharing the photo below along with a heartfelt statement that reads:
Our thoughts are with Mya-Lecia’s family, friends and everyone that loved her at this very sad time. RIP Mya-Lecia.
Many other tributes have also been posted online.
For example, this is what I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here star Emily Atack, who previously worked with Naylor, wrote:
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.
Writer Matt Leys, who worked on Millie Inbetween with Naylor, referred to the news as “absolutely heartbreaking” on Twitter and added:
“Goodbye our brilliant, funny, lovely Fran. You were a miracle. Watching the cast of Millie Inbetween grow with their characters, inform them, let us write it around them, has been an absolute joy. This is such awful, devastating news.”
As you can see here, he also tried to comfort fans who were stunned and saddened over the news:
In an April interview with TresA Magazine, the late actress noted that she had “some amazing projects” on the horizon.
Such an awful tragedy.
May Mya-Lecia Naylor rest in peace.