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Inquest opened on actress death

Stephanie Parker
Stephanie Parker was in Belonging for seven years

An inquest has been opened into the death of a 22-year-old actress who had starred in the BBC Wales drama series Belonging.

Stephanie McMaster, who was known as Stephanie Parker, was found dead on open ground at Pontypridd on Saturday.

She played Stacey Weaver in the long running dram whose final episode was broadcast just two days before.

Pontypridd Coroner Peter Maddox adjourned the inquest to allow further inquiries into her death.

The hearing at Merthyr Magistrates Court was told Miss Parker was found hanging from a tree about 200 yards from the Taff Trail in a field known as "the tump".

Coroner's officer Stuart Griffiths said attempts were made to resuscitate her, but they were to no avail.

Stephanie was an immensely talented actor
Clare Hudson, BBC Wales

Miss Parker's body was formally identified by her stepfather Andrew Parker, whose surname she adopted at an early age.

The actress lived with her mother and Mr Parker at their home in Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd.

No members of Miss Parker's family or friends attended the brief hearing on Friday.

Tributes were paid to the young actress when news of her death first broke.

Clare Hudson, BBC Wales' head of English language programmes, said: "Everyone at BBC Wales - especially all those who worked on Belonging - is extremely saddened at the news of Stephanie's tragic death.

"Stephanie was an immensely talented actor who, as Stacey, played a central role role in Belonging since she was 15 as well as appearing in other BBC productions such as Casualty and Doctors.

"Stephanie also worked with BBC Wales radio drama department on productions for Radio Four.

"Stephanie's talent played a major part in making Belonging the success it was and I'm sure that the programme's fans will be shocked by this untimely news."

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