Brighton actress Clare Cathcart has died at home aged just 48.
A representative said in a statement: “It is with huge sadness that we have to report the death of our beloved friend and client Clare Cathcart.”
“Clare was brilliant, fearless and funny; a wonderful actor who we are immensely proud to have represented.
“Her credits are too vast to list in full but, to name a few, she’ll be remembered for her work at the Royal Court, the RSC, the National, the Tricycle and Chichester Festival Theatre as well as innumerable appearances on screen, most recently in New Tricks and Call The Midwife.
“Without her razor-sharp wit and glorious laugh the world will seem a darker place. We will miss her enormously.”
Stars from stage and screen have been paying tribute to the Northern Irish actress, known for her roles in New Tricks and Call The Midwife, in which she played Mrs Torpy.
Reeling from closer to home news of Clare Cathcart. Had the privilege of some serious laughing with her on call the midwife. A ball of joy.
— Miranda Hart (@mermhart) September 4, 2014
Clare Cathcart the little time I spent with you will stay with me always, you funny, beautiful crazy lady RIP lovely girl x
— Shane Richie (@realshanerichie) September 4, 2014
Very shocked to hear about Clare Cathcart. Saw her at a casting session just a few months ago. Can’t believe it. http://t.co/G35DwoyxbA
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) September 5, 2014