Melanie Clark Pullen, 46, passed away after a long battle with cancer.
According to The Sun, the EastEnders actress who played Pauline Fowler’s niece Mary Flaherty died on March 29 after undergoing radiation treatment.
Melanie was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2019, leaving behind her spouse Simon and three children.
The following year, she received the all-clear, telling The Irish News, ‘I got the all clear, I’m cancer free, which is amazing, so now it’s all about recuperation.’
However, she was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumor in June and kept her fans updated on her cancer struggle via social media.
‘I was only given the all clear from cancer 18 months ago, and it’s a harsh blow to think that I will now be starting some type of treatment again, and that this time it will be long term and a permanent feature of my life,’ she said after her second diagnosis.
Maia Dunphy, Johnny Vegas’s wife, paid tribute to the actress on Twitter, calling her “kind” and “brilliant.”
‘Our funny, gorgeous, wacky, creative Goddess Melanie Clark Pullen is gone,’ the Irish broadcaster wrote.
‘What a natural force, and most importantly, what a mother.’ Your babies and your words will live on. Simon is in our hearts and minds.’
‘How sad to hear we’ve lost one of the gang,’ tweeted Andrew Lynford, who portrayed Tiffany Mitchell’s brother, Simon Raymond, in EastEnders. Melanie, rest in peace. ‘Reminiscing on happier times.’
Melanie played Mary Flaherty, Pauline Fowler’s long-lost great-niece, in EastEnders from 1997 to 1999. (Wendy Richard).
Before coming to Walford, she appeared on the soap opera in a series of episodes set in Ireland, where she befriended her cousin Mark Fowler.
Mary breaks her pelvis while on vacation in Norfolk, then relocates to Scotland with her father Conor and his pregnant girlfriend, Mark’s wife Ruth Fowler.
Melanie has also appeared in ITV dramas such as A Dinner Full of Herbs and Inspector George Gently.
She also appears as a doctor in Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville’s 2019 film Ordinary Love, in which they play married couple Joan and Tom, whose lives are turned upside down after Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Melanie previously told The Irish Times that she was forced to tell Lesley’s character Joan that she had breast cancer just days after receiving her own diagnosis in real life.
‘It could’ve been the same talk I’d had with the physicians just a few days prior,’ she told the publication.
‘I guess I was still shocked when I did that, but I was able to jump into performance mode right away.’
Melanie, who owned the coaching firm Strut and Bellow, said it was difficult to put into words how she felt while facing cancer, but that she was able to express herself through art therapy.
‘It’s been awful, horrific, and it’s affected me forever,’ she continued.