British actor and campaigner Maddy Anholt has died, her family has said.
She was 35.
Anholt died of a “rare and aggressive form of brain cancer” yesterday, according to a post on her GoFundMe page.
“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,” said the post, which was signed Cathy, Laurence, Claire, Tom and Ben.“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 post said that she had “accomplished so much” during her “short life,” including being a marathon-runner, actor, speaker and an Ambassador for Women’s Aid.
Maddy Anholt parents: Catherine and Laurence Anholt
Maddy Anholt was born in the year 1988 to Catherine and Laurence Anholt.
Maddy Anholt’s parents have been married for 34 years.
The Anholts have three children: Claire works for the United Nations in Geneva, and twins, Tom and Maddy(deceased) are a Berlin based artist and an actor in London.
They also have three grandchildren, Nina, Felix and Ada.
Laurence and Catherine live in an ‘upside down’ eco-house, surrounded by wildflower meadows overlooking the sea.
Maddy Anholt’s mother, Catherine Anholt
Catherine is a British artiste who was born in 1958.
She is also a successful painter in her own right.
She was one of eight siblings in an Irish Catholic family.
Catherine’s mother was a nurse and her father a potter.
Maddy Anholt’s father, Laurence Anholt
Maddy Anholt’s father, Laurence Anholt has been at the forefront of UK publishing, and consistently amongst the 150 Most Borrowed Authors from UK libraries across all genres.
His multi-award winning books span every age – from baby board books, through picture books and Young Adult fiction. Most recently Laurence’s first venture into adult crime, The Mindful Detective series is published in July 2019.
From his studio near Lyme Regis in southwest England, Laurence has created more than 200 books, which have been translated into numerous languages and have won many awards, including the prestigious Nestlé Smarties (Gold) Award on two occasions.
Born in 1959 to a Dutch family with Persian roots, Laurence spent his early years in Holland. He studied painting at Falmouth School of Art and has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the Royal Academy in London.