Tributes have been paid to Brookside star Anna Norbury after she died at the age of 26.

The actress, known for playing Alice Farnham in the Liverpool-based soap, died on September 7, with her family sharing the sad news today.

In an obituary published in the Telegraph, Anna's mum Maria wrote: "She will be remembered for her warmth, her wit, her clarity, her forthrightness, 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 shone a bright light into the world of everyone who was lucky enough to meet her. Our loss is greater than we can ever say."

Everton fan Anna starred in Brookside for three years after starting on the show in 1994.

Anna will be best remembered as baby Alice, who helped shed light on Downs Syndrome during her time on the soap.

Anna left the show in 1997 as part of a dramatic storyline where her on-screen mother Patricia fled to France to escape her partner Max.

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As news of her death broke many people paid tribute to Anna on social media.

Michael Starke, who played Thomas 'Sinbad' Sweeney in the soap for 16 years was one of the first.

He wrote: "Today we say farewell to Anna Norbury. She was ‘Baby Alice Farnham’ in Brookside. She was one of the most treasured and beautiful young cast members. Love and strength to her wonderful family."

Anna Norbury who starred in Brookside

Anna's aunt Katherine also tweeted: "Anna Kate Norbury who won the hearts of millions as Alice Farnham in Brookside and more recently in the Channel 4 documentary Home Free with her boyfriend Joe, with whom she was on the cusp of beginning independent living has died aged 26."

Anne Celotti Williams shared several photos of Anna and said: "Devastated to hear the news of the passing of this beautiful girl, Anna Norbury today. Massive Blue and ST holder in the # joemercersuite . Known to many Actress in Brookside, recently seen in @ Channel4 documentary # homefree . Engaged to the lovely Joe. All are heartbroken."

And many ECHO readers also passed on their condolences.

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Moey Sampson said: "Thinking of family and friends on your very sad loss xx RIP"

Linda Barber McDonough said: "So sorry to hear this, RIP Sweetheart x"

Tracy Smith said: "Rip anna xx my sad thoughts to her parents & family at this very sad time xx."

Marie Clark said: "RIP lovely lady."

And Ellen McCabe said: "Aw so sad rip Anna."