Actress Jane Whittenshaw, known for her roles in EastEnders and Grange Hill, has sadly passed away.
The renowned star, famous for portraying social worker Anita Banks on the BBC soap opera, also left her mark on shows like The Bill, Call the Midwife, and Grange Hill.
Her agent confirmed the heartrending news that Jane peacefully passed away last Saturday, with her husband, best friend, and caregivers by her side.
A statement from her agent expressed deep sorrow as they announced, “It is with profound sadness we must announce the passing of Jane Whittenshaw, a much loved and highly respected client of over 30 years.”
Jane’s departure occurred peacefully, with her husband Hugh, best friend Rebecca, and devoted caregivers by her side.
The statement continued to highlight Jane’s warm personality: “As well as an esteemed client, Jane was a dear friend, who was generous to a fault and great fun to be around.”
The statement also recognized her remarkable talent, both as an actor and as a voice superstar.
She had an extensive legacy of over 500 radio plays, courtesy of her numerous contributions to the BBC Radio Rep and independent productions.
The agency, Stanton Davidson Associates, concluded with heartfelt condolences for Jane’s husband and family.
News of Jane Whittenshaw’s passing prompted an outpouring of grief from her fans on Twitter.
Heartbroken admirers shared their condolences, expressing their love and support for her family and friends during this difficult time.
Fellow soap actress Lorelei King, who had the privilege of working with Jane, conveyed her condolences and fond memories of collaborating with the talented actress.
Jane Whittenshaw first graced the screens as Anita on EastEnders on June 10, 1997, when her character assisted Mark and Ruth Fowler in their application to foster a child.
Her character played a pivotal role in helping the couple foster their first child, Jessie Moore.
Over the years, Jane continued to impress with her performances in shows like Silent Witness and Endeavour.
Her final role, in the Channel 4 comedy series I Hate You in 2022, showcased her enduring dedication to her craft.
Jane Whittenshaw’s passing marks the end of a remarkable career that left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.
As tributes continue to pour in from colleagues, friends, and fans, her legacy as a talented actor and a beloved personality remains strong in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her work.