Alice’s half-siblings Matthew and Emily later died in a tragic car crash.

Fans have paid tribute online, one one writing: “Please accept mine and my family’s deepest condolences. I have such fond memories of beautiful little Anna when she was a star at Brookside.

“What a privilege to have her as a little pal. She would give me a huge smile and a hug. She touched so many of us. Thank you for her.”

A second tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers are with her mum and dad, Maria and John, and Joe at this time.”



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