BBC sitcom star Maddy Anholt dies aged 35 following battle with rare brain cancer

Maddy Anholt

Maddy Anholt has died aged 35

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 14/09/2023

- 11:49

Updated: 14/09/2023

- 13:12

Maddy Anholt's family have released a statement announcing the news of her death

Comedian, author, podcast host and writer Maddy Anholt has died at the age of 35.

Anholt was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer last year after she had given birth to her daughter Opal.

She regularly appeared on-screen in a number of BBC and ITV sitcoms, including BBC Three's Jerk and ITV2's The Emily Atack Show, according to IMDb.

Anholt would also make regular appearances on ITV daytime show This Morning as a guest and contributor.

Anholt was an ambassador for Women's Aid and authored two books about toxic relationships and domestic violence.

Her family broke the news on Anholt's GoFundMe page in which her family is raising money for her young daughter.

MAddy Anholt

Maddy Anholt was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2022


The family's statement reads: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of Maddy Anholt, our beloved daughter, sister, twin, friend, wife and mother, who left this world on Wednesday 13th September, aged 35.

"You may know that shortly after the birth of her incredible daughter Opal last year, Maddy was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.

"She handled the ensuing surgery and treatment with astonishing grace and courage, accompanied every step of the way by her family and devoted husband, Ben.

"She spent her final weeks at her parents’ home, Sunflower House, bathed in love and calm, and with the sounds of nature all around."

The statement continued: "We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the many friends who have upheld us with their love and prayers during this difficult time - as well as the countless nurses, doctors and the NHS as a whole, who treated her with unfailing dignity and compassion.

"In particular we would like to thank the magnificent team at Seaton Hospice at Home, who are the embodiment of empathy, professionalism and love."

Maddy Anholt

Maddy Anholt regularly appeared on ITV and the BBC


Her family concluded their statement by asking fans not to send flowers but rather donate to Women's Aid if they can.

They also encouraged people to join them on Saturday, September 16 at 6pm "to light a candle, pray, meditate and hold our precious Maddy in your hearts as she returns to the stars".

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