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Funeral for promising young actor
Dean Worswick
Dean was a popular boy with an 'effervescent character'
The funeral of a teenage television actor who was found hanging in a field has taken place.

Dean Worswick, 15, of Harpford Drive, Breightmet, Bolton, had appeared in the Channel 4 series Shameless and Coronation Street.

His body was found in a field off Willand Drive, Breightmet, on 30 March. Greater Manchester Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Dean was laid to rest at a service at St John's, Breightmet, at 1145 BST.

Dean attended Canon Slade High School where he was studying for 10 GCSEs and hoped to stay on to study drama.

He also attended a prestigious child drama school in Bury, and the owner is planning to name a new drama suite after Dean when they move premises.

His mother and father , Gail and Michael Worswick, said they were devastated by his death, but said they were deeply moved by the messages of support they had received.

He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him
Dean's mother and father
In a statement released through police, they said: "We have been visited by so many people, mainly Dean's friends, who like us are finding it difficult to come to terms with what has happened and accept the fact that he has gone.

"We have taken comfort from speaking to his friends and listening to stories about him and the fun they had together.

"Everyone is missing his happy go lucky, smiling face and tributes have come from as far as Australia where Dean was born and where we lived until he was four-and-a-half-years-old.

"Many of his friends are still visiting the place where he died and lots of flowers still lay there.

"He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him."

Popular pupil

Dean appeared in Coronation Street between July and September 2000.

He played a boy called Warren Shipley who Gary Mallet saved from drowning.

A Coronation Street spokeswoman said: "We are really sad to hear of Dean's death. Our sympathies and condolences go out to his family."

He also appeared in Clocking Off and Cops.

Canon Slade head teacher, the Rev Peter Shepherd, said Dean's death was "a mystery".

He added: "Dean had lots of mates and he was a very effervescent character."

The private service was led by the Reverend Greg Yerbury.

The service was followed by a burial at Tonge Cemetery.

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