CBBC and Absolutely Fabulous star Mya-Lecia Naylor died aged 16 on Wednesday evening.
And, shortly after the news broke, her former Almost Never co-star Emily Atack paid a heartfelt tribute to Mya on Instagram, sharing a picture of the teenage actress and writing: ‘So shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mya-Lecia Naylor.
‘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 x.’
Paying tribute: Emily Atack paid a heartfelt tribute to CBBC and Absolutely Fabulous star Mya-Lecia Naylor, who died aged 16 on Wednesday evening
The CBBC show Almost Never, which aired earlier this year, follows a young boy band learning to handle the highs and lows of fame after taking part in a fictional talent competition called The Spotlight.
Emily plays Meg, mum to young performers Oakley and Harry from The Wonderland, alongside presenter Tess Daly, who played the host of the talent competition.
The BBC confirmed the devastating news of Mya’s death on Wednesday, with a statement on their website, calling the youngster a ‘much loved part of the BBC Children’s family’.
The BBC’s statement read: ‘We are so sorry to have to tell you that Mya-Lecia, who you will know from “Millie Inbetween” and “Almost Never” has, very sadly, died.
Emotional: ‘So shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mya-Lecia Naylor. ‘She was a beautiful and talented girl. A complete joy to be around on the set of Almost Never’
Tribute: I’m A Celebrity star Emily added: ‘Sending all of my love to her family and friends. Rest in peace beautiful girl.’
Colleagues: Mya-Lecia and Emily Atack worked together on CBBC’s Almost Never (pictured)
‘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.’
She was best known for her role as Fran in CBBC’s Millie Inbetween, and was a budding model and singer.
The youngster also appeared in CBBC’s Almost Never, which featured guest appearances from Fleur East and Tess Daly, as well as Emily Atack.
Back to it: Emily’s guest appearance in CBBC’s Almost Never marked her return to acting following her stint in the jungle
Talented: As well as appearing in CBBC’s Almost Never, (pictured), she starred in BBC show Absolutely Fabulous as character Jane in 2004
She got her start in acting as a 2-year-old with a cameo in BBC show Absolutely Fabulous as character Jane in 2004.
Mya also appeared in Hollywood film Cloud Atlas, which stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.
The official Almost Never Instagram account shared a snap of Mya, saying: ‘Our thoughts are with Mya-Lecia’s family, friends and everyone that loved her at this very sad time. RIP Mya-Lecia.’
The last post on Mya’s Instagram account was created eight hours before her death was confirmed. She died on April 7.
A star in the making: She was best known for her role as Fran in CBBC’s Millie Inbetween, and was a budding model and singer