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Soap star Briony McRoberts killed by Tube train

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The acting world was shocked by the news that Briony McRoberts had taken her own life. The 56 year-old made her name in Scottish soap Take The High Road, playing Sam Hagen for 10 years, and also appeared in EastEnders and crime shows Taggart and The Bill. She was married to Downton Abbey star David Robb.

McRoberts was hit by a Tube train at Fulham Broadway near her home. British Transport Police are preparing a report for the coroner but said there were no suspicious circumstances. Her agent Katie Threlfall confirmed the death had been suicide. "It's just a terrible, terrible loss of a wonderful woman," she said. "Nobody had any idea it was going to happen. Her husband is deeply shocked. She was a wonderful woman who had troubles and she will be very much missed. She was so well-loved and was the most vibrant character you could hope to meet. It is just a tragedy."

Fellow cast members from Take The High Road were first with their tributes. "Sad sad news about the death of Briony McRoberts," Andy Cameron tweeted. "I shared a thousand laughs with her on High Road. My thoughts are with David. RIP Briony." Gary Hollywood tweeted: "'Numb' RIP to my 'lady Laird' Briony McRoberts xxx."

Colin McRedie appeared alongside McRoberts in Taggart. "Devastating news," he said. "Such a brilliant lady, great company and a fine actress. I was very fond of Briony. I cannot believe it. She was so full of life and brilliant company. Poor David. She'll be much missed."

McRoberts also had a part in the Peter Sellers comedy film The Pink Panther Strikes Again and had stage roles in several West End productions. Most recently she appeared alongside Robb and close friend Joanna Lumley in a stage adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's poem Lay of the Last Minstrel.

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