Emily Atack has paid a loving tribute to her late friend (Pictures: Getty/Instagram)
Emily Atack paid tribute to former co-star Maddy Anholt, who died on Wednesday aged 35.
Anholt, who was also a published author, died from a ‘rare and aggressive’ form of brain cancer, her family said in a statement on Thursday morning.
A regular guest on This Morning, her family said she endured her treatment and surgeries with ‘astonishing grace and courage’ following her diagnosis.
Anholt also appeared in three episodes of the Emily Atack Show, a comedy sketch TV series hosted by Emily that began airing on ITV2 in November 2020.
Now Emily, 33, has paid tribute to her friend and co-star, calling her the ‘sweetest’ and ‘funniest’ friend and sharing her heartbreak with her followers.
‘It’s hard to find the words,’ she began.
Maddy Anholt had starred in three episodes of The Emily Atack Show (Picture: Instagram)
‘Maddy Anholt was one of the sweetest, funniest, gorgeous, and most hard working women I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with.’
‘Just utterly beautiful, so talented. She made me laugh so much. Sending every ounce of my love and support to her family. Such an unbearably tragic loss.’
Emily shared a selfie of the two together, presumably while on the set of the sketch series, which has been running for three seasons as of 2023.
In response, former Love Island host and Celebrity Juice team captain Laura Whitmore shared a broken heart emoji, offering her support to Emily.
Anholt was a published author (Picture: Shutterstock)
Emily said Anholt was the ‘sweetest, funniest’ friend (Picture: Shutterstock)
Anholt had her own BBC radio comedy series in Scotland called No Smoke, which began in 2017 and focused on a failing vape café in the city of Dundee.
She established a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and wrote a book about coercive control in relationships called How to Leave Your Psychopath.
In February 2024, a follow-up book called Red Flags, which aims to help people ‘recognise what an abusive relationship is’, is set to be released posthumously.
Earlier this year, Emily announced the death of her ‘beautiful’ uncle, Steve, with Laura Whitmore also sending her condolences on that occasion.
She captioned the post: ‘I often shared photos and stories with you all on [Instagram] about him because I simply adored him. Everybody did.’
The Emily Atack Show is available to stream on ITVHub.
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