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Death of Melanie Clark Pullen: EastEnders star who played Pauline Fowler’s niece dies aged 46

Actress Melanie Clark Pullen, best known for her role in EastEndersHe has died at the age of 46, less than a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

The Irish star played Pauline Fowler’s great-niece, Mary Flaherty, on the long-running BBC soap opera from 1997 to 1999.

She had also appeared in series like A dinner of herbs and Inspector George Gentlyand starred alongside Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in the 2019 film Ordinary Love.

Clark Pullen was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2019, but announced a year later that she was “cancer-free” and in recovery.

However, in June 2021, she told fans she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She died on March 29 after undergoing radiation therapy.

Tributes for the actress, who also ran a coaching firm called Strut and Bellow, have poured out on social media following news of her death.

“We are deeply saddened to hear that Melanie Clark Pullen has passed away,” the BBC spokesman wrote EastEnders Account. “Our love and thoughts are with Melanie’s family and friends.”

EastEnders Co-star Andrew Lynford wrote: “How sad to hear we’ve lost one of the gang. RIP dear Melanie. Memories of happy days.”

Clark Pullen is survived by her husband Simon and three children.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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