Sian Blake, British actress, Died at 43

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Sian Samantha Blake/ Syan Blake was born in September 1972, in Walthamstow, London, and died in December 2015.

She was a British actress,

Sian was best known for playing Frankie Pierre on the British television show EastEnders, appearing in 56 episodes in 1996 and 1997.

Blake later took minor roles in other television shows, before retiring to become a sign language teacher and interpreter.

She attended the Guildford School of Acting.

Blake youngest of three children, her father was Jamaican.

Sian parents divorced when she was six, and her father died from a heart attack when she was eighteen.

After she Adopted the stage name Syan Blake, she landed her first acting role in 1994, playing a bulimia patient in that year’s Christmas episode of Casualty.

After working as a telephone receptionist at a doctor’s surgery, Blake landed her most notable role: soul singer Frankie Pierre, a character who appeared in EastEnders during 1996 and 1997.

Blake was initially signed on a six-month contract but subsequently had her contract extended.

One of the other character’s central storylines involved an affair with a regular male character which ended his on-screen marriage.

Consequently, she said that she left the series after receiving hate mail from viewers who found it difficult to separate fact from fiction.

Syan Blake went on to have roles in Doctors, The Bill and Skins, as well as a second appearance in Casualty, before retiring from acting. She went on to become a sign-language teacher and interpreter.

As well as television and film, Blake also appeared in and directed several theatre productions.

Blake acting credits include Joe Guy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Twelfth Night while directing credits include

Oxford Street at the Soho Theatre and The Burial at the Almeida Theatre.
Personal life

She suffered from motor neurone disease.

She lived in Erith, London, with her partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, and their two children, Zachary and Amon.

Sian Blake and her two children were reported missing on 16 December 2015 and found on January 5, 2016.

Their bodies three weeks later their bodies were found at Blake’s home in Erith, London.

Sian Blake passed away at 43 yrs old.

 

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