The daughter of Anna Chancellor, who played Lady Anstruther in Downton Abbey, has died, aged 36.
Poppy Chancellor was an illustrator and paper cut artist, and was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier in 2023.
Anna, who also appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral, paid tribute to her daughter on the Poppy's Instagram page with a picture of her as a young girl and a heartfelt caption.
"On September 29th Poppy died, held tight by her immediate family just as she had wished. Despite every effort, her body could not continue any longer," the caption began.
The caption thanked Poppy's "kind and loving" caregivers at Royal Marsden Hospital, before continuing.
"So we, her family and friends who all adore her join the other families who have lost their loved ones far too young.
"We continue to pray and support her in any way we can to further her soul’s journey. Poppy was and is an unbelievable life force of creativity, compassion, wit, beauty and sheer uniqueness."
Writing that Poppy "transformed our lives and we are beyond grateful," the post then rounded off with love from Anna and the rest of the Chancellor family.
Among those sharing their sympathies and well-wishes with the family in the post's comments was Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who wrote: "I never met Poppy, but what she put out into the world brought me joy. What a bright and beautiful soul. I’m heartbroken to hear she’s not here .. she definitely made a mark. Sending love to all. Xxx"
Similarly, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo commented: "Poppy was nothing but a joy to be around, every interaction with her left you howling with laughter or at the very least a smile. Truly 1 of 1, we will love you forever PoChan xxx"
Comedian Ellie Taylor, blogger Candice Braithewaite and author Sophie Dahl also shared their condolences.
Poppy was diagnosed with hypoplastic acute myeloid leukaemia in May of this year. Throughout her illness, she shared updates with her followers via her Instagram page and GoFundMe.
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