In an obituary published in the Telegraph, Anna Maria’s mother wrote: “She will be remembered for her warmth, her wit, her clarity, her frankness and above all for her beautiful and innocent humanity.
“Anna may have been born with special needs, but she was so special and unique in herself that we were the ones who needed her.
“Her smile lit up the world of everyone who had the chance to meet her. Our loss is greater than we can ever tell. ”
Anna starred in Brookside for three years after starting the series in 1994 – reports Mirror Online.
Following the news of his death, tributes were paid by some of his former co-stars.
Michael Starke, who played Thomas ‘Sinbad’ Sweeney on the soap opera for 16 years, took to Twitter to comment on the tragic news.
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He wrote: “Today we say goodbye to Anna Norbury. She was ‘Baby Alice Farnham’ at Brookside. She was one of the most valuable and beautiful young members of the cast.
Anna also appeared in Channel 4’s Home Free documentary in 2019, where she was joined by her partner Joe.
The show focused on people with disabilities on their journey to independence.
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Anna’s aunt Katherine also tweeted: “Anna Kate Norbury who won the hearts of millions as Alice Farnham in Brookside and most recently in the Channel 4 documentary Home Free with boyfriend Joe, with whom she was about to begin an independent life, died aged. 26. ”
For Brookside fans, Anna will be remembered mostly as little Alice, who helped shed light on Down syndrome during her time on the soap opera.
Anna left the series in 1997 as part of a dramatic storyline where her onscreen mother Patricia fled to France to escape her partner Max.