Former EastEnders star Josephine Melville dies backstage after finishing play

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Josephine Melville, an actress, author, and director, passed away backstage after performing in a play in Nottingham.

Following her appearance in a production of the play Nine Night, Ms Melville passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2022, according to Nottingham Playhouse.

Her acting resume includes theatre parts in addition to roles in EastEnders, The Bill, and Casualty. She was born in Essex.

In the 1980s, she portrayed Tessa Parker in EastEnders, and this year, she had an appearance in the music video for Ella Henderson’s hit Brave.

Nottingham Playhouse said in a statement:

‘We are deeply saddened to announce that last night, after the performance of the play Nine Night in which she was appearing, performer Josephine Melville passed away backstage at Nottingham Playhouse.

The family of Josephine has been informed, and they are in our thoughts and prayers. First responders from the Nottingham Playhouse and a ticket holder with medical training provided Josephine with urgent treatment.

She was swiftly and effectively treated as a result of the paramedics’ subsequent very quick arrival, but regrettably, she passed away at the site.

Co-produced by Leeds Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse is Nine Night.

“The entire company, as well as the employees at both theatres, are in shock.” Josephine was not only a wonderful and well-liked person but also a renowned and highly esteemed actress, director, producer, archivist, writer, and fantastic Auntie Maggie in Nine Night.

“We are providing her family, our onstage and production team, and all workers with our utmost support during this terrible time.”

All of Nine Night’s performances at Nottingham Playhouse have been cancelled in light of the recent incidents. An email will be sent to bookers.

We ask that during this trying time, the family’s privacy be respected.

Stephanie Sirr, CEO of Nottingham Playhouse, states:

“We extend Jo’s family and friends our love and sorrow. We want to honour the cast of Nine Night and the entire Nottingham Playhouse staff who handled the issue with professionalism and understanding on this terribly tragic and trying evening.

Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse, James Brining says –

“We are profoundly saddened by Jo’s passing and add our condolences to her family and loved ones. We were truly honoured to work with her on this wonderful co-production of Nine Night and are doing everything we can to support her family, the company and staff across both theatres.”