Mya-Lecia Naylor, the star of “Millie Inbetween” and “Almost Never,” has died tragically, the BBC said in a statement on April 17. Naylor sadly passed away on Sunday, April 7. Her cause of death was not made public. The actress was 16 years old.
The press release referred to Naylor as a “much-loved part of the BBC Children’s family, and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer.” The statement continued, “We will miss her enormously and we are sure that you will want to join us in sending all our love to her family and friends. We know this news is very upsetting, and it may help to share how you are feeling with friends or a trusted adult. If you are struggling and there is no one you feel you can talk to about it, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.”
Mya-Lecia is survived by her parents, Martin Naylor and Zena Marie, and two brothers.
The BBC later reported that Naylor died on April 7 after she “collapsed.”
Here’s what you need to know about this beautiful, talented actress, who left us far too soon:
1. Naylor Was Due to Star in a New Series Alongside Henry Cavill
In addition to appearing in “Millie Inbetween,” Naylor starred in “Almost Never,” which was also a BBC production, alongside Emily Atack, of “The Inbetweeners” fame. According to Naylor’s IMDb page, she had appeared in the pilot episode of a new series titled, “The Witcher,” alongside “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill. On the day that Naylor’s death was announced, it was reported that “The Witcher” will debut on Netflix in the fall of 2019. Naylor appeared in an episode of “Absolutely Fabulous” when she was a toddler and did not act again until a 2011 turn in the children’s show, “Cartoonito Tales.”
Naylor’s talent agency, A&J Management, offered their condolences saying, “It is with the deepest sorrow we have to announce that on Sunday 7th April Mya-Lecia Naylor, very sadly, died. Mya-Lecia was hugely talented and a big part of A&J, we will miss her greatly. Our love and thoughts are with all her family and friends at this difficult time.”
Naylor had also appeared in the Tom Hanks movie, “Cloud Atlas.” In an interview, which was published two days before her death, Naylor said of the movie, “Tom Hanks was so nice, he took us on a tour of the set on the first day I was filming.”
2. Naylor’s Co-Star Emily Atack Called the Actress a ‘Complete Joy to Be Around’
In an Instagram post that paid tribute to Naylor, Emily Atack said that Naylor had been a “complete joy to be around.” Atack wrote in full, “So shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mya-Lecia Naylor. She was a beautiful and talented girl. A complete joy to be around on the set of Almost Never. Sending all my love to her family & friends. Rest in peace beautiful girl x.”
“Almost Never” saw Naylor star as part of a fiction all-female pop group, Girls Here First, and their rivalry with a replica group of all males, The Wonderland.” Naylor’s other co-stars also paid tribute on Instagram:
3. Naylor Had Been Inactive on Social Media Since November 2018
Naylor, a frequent poster on Twitter and Instagram, has been inactive on social media since November 2018. Naylor’s last tweet was to thank a fan for posting a drawing she had done of the young actress. Naylor has deleted her private Instagram page. On Facebook, Naylor’s last post was a link to a YouTube video showing off Halloween make-up tips:
Naylor had close 6,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. The last upload on that page came in January 2019 as Naylor offered her followers a tour behind the scenes of “Almost Never.”
4. One of Naylor’s Instagram Posts About ‘The Witcher’ Was Removed
In February 2019, Comicbook.com reported that one of Naylor’s posts about “The Witcher” had been deleted. In a subsequent post, Naylor confirmed that she was filming the series. Comicbook.com speculated that the post was removed as Netflix have been careful not to release too much information regarding the upcoming series.
5. Naylor Is Being Mourned Extensively on Social Media
As news of Naylor’s tragic passing spread, her fans have taken to social media en masse to mourn. Here are some of the most post poignant and beautiful tributes: