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Last Updated: Friday, 20 June, 2003, 00:36 GMT 01:36 UK
Holby City star Laura Sadler dies
Laura Sadler
Laura Sadler played nurse Sandy Harper
Holby City actress Laura Sadler has died after suffering devastating head injuries in a 40ft fall at the weekend.

Ms Sadler fell from a rear window in a block of flats in west London onto a basement stairwell in the early hours of Sunday morning. She had not regained consciousness since the fall.

On Wednesday, her family took the decision to turn off her life support system.

A hospital spokesman said on Thursday evening: "We regret to announce the death of Laura Sadler, who died peacefully at 1730 BST on 19 June.

"Her family were present at her bedside."

The 22-year-old actress was at the home of her boyfriend, actor George Calil, in Holland Park, west London.

In her short life Laura touched the lives of millions, and I will always cherish her passion, vitality and dazzling smile
Pete, Liverpool

Her mother Sonya kept a constant vigil at her bedside at nearby Charing Cross Hospital.

The actress played nurse Sandy Harper in BBC One's medical drama. Mr Calil plays her boyfriend, drug dealer Sean Hunt.

The BBC had considered dropping Tuesday's episode because of her serious condition. The programme only featured one scene with her.

But it went ahead with the transmission, after getting the go-ahead of her family.

Mal Young, the BBC's Controller of Drama Series, led the tributes to the young actress.

"Everyone at Holby City, and indeed, across the BBC, are devastated by this news," he said.

"Laura was a much loved, talented and respected actress. She brought so much to the role with her infectious enthusiasm, dedication and 100% professionalism.

"Television has lost a talent who had so much more to give."

'Enormous potential'

Laura's agent, Michele Milburn, said: "She had a unique talent, and I am certain was only at the start of what would have been a brilliant career.

George Calil
George Calil plays her on-screen boyfriend
"However, her greatest gift, was her ability to bring out the best in all who were lucky enough to know her."

Lorraine Heggessy, Controller of BBC1, described Sadler as a "sweet, modest, hard working girl".

"I'm devastated that we have lost such a talented young actress. When I first met Laura on Grange Hill it was clear she had enormous potential."

Holby City, a spin-off from hospital drama Casualty, is watched by millions of people every week.

The actress had her first major role in the children's show Grange Hill, before joining Holby City in 2000.

Ms Sadler had also appeared on TV in Jane Eyre, Inspector Morse, Ruth Rendell Mysteries, and Belfry Witches.

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy
"As Nurse Harper in Holby City, Laura Sadler was watched by millions"

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