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14th Sep 2023

Maddy Anholt dies one year after daughter’s birth

Maddy Anholt has sadly passed away aged 35.

Maddy Anholt, TV comedy star, actress, and author, was diagnosed with brain cancer just after giving birth to her daughter, Opal, last year.

She starred in many BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 comedies including The Emily Atack Show, Sunny D, Jerk, and Mariah: The Diva, the Demons, the Drama, was also a regular guest on This Morning and an ambassador for Women’s Aid. Maddy also wrote two books about domestic violence and toxic relationships.

Her death was announced in a GoFundMe post shared on Wednesday night.

Maddy’s family wrote: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of Maddy Anholt, our beloved daughter, sister, twin, friend, wife, and, mother, who left this world on Wednesday 13th September, aged 35.”

The post continued: “You may know that shortly after the birth of her incredible daughter Opal last year, Maddy was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer…

“She handled the ensuing surgery and treatment with astonishing grace and courage, accompanied every step of the way by her family and devoted husband, Ben.”

The post noted that Maddy spent her “final weeks” at her parents’ home, Sunflower House, “bathed in love and calm, and with the sounds of nature all around.”

“In her short life, Maddy accomplished so much. She was a marathon runner, author, speaker, actor, and Ambassador for Women’s Aid…

“Her debut book was published in 2022 and her first fiction will be published soon. As an actor, she appeared in sitcoms for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, while as a speaker she led numerous masterclasses, including for the Guardian.”