April 20, 2009

Welsh TV star, 22, found dead

A 22-year-old actress, who was a longtime cast member of the recently wrapped BBC Wales TV drama Belonging, has been found dead, police said.

The Daily Telegraph said Stephanie Parker, the actress who played Stacey Weaver on the show that ended its run last week, was discovered hanged Saturday.

I can confirm that we investigated a report of a deceased woman on open ground near Pontypridd, a police spokesman told the newspaper. The incident is not regarded as suspicious and a report has been passed on to the HM coroner.

Everyone at BBC Wales -- especially all those who worked on 'Belonging' -- is extremely saddened at the news of Stephanie's tragic death, Clare Hudson, BBC Wales' head of programs, English Language, told The Telegraph.

Stephanie was an immensely talented actor who, as Stacey, played a central role in 'Belonging' since she was 15, as well as appearing in other BBC productions such as 'Casualty.' (She) also worked with BBC Wales Radio Drama Department on productions for Radio Four, Hudson said. "Stephanie's talent played a major part in making 'Belonging' the success it was and I'm sure that the program's fans will be shocked by this untimely news.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time."