1:59pm Thursday 17th January 2013
By Asian Image reporter
Former Coronation Street actress and Bollywood star Sophiya Haque has died aged 41.
The actress, who was performing in the West End up until Christmas, died last night only weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.
Stuart Piper, of her agents Cole Kitchenn, said she was "one of the most inspirational people I ever met".
He said: "She was the kind of person you always want to spend time with: full of light, warmth, compassion, care and with an infectiously wicked sense of humour, and I loved every minute of working with her.
"On stage, it was like you were watching her in close-up even if you were sat at the back of the stalls, such was her star presence and charisma.
"I am so desperately sad that she has been lost to the world at such a tragically young age, but feel blessed to have known her. Our whole team miss her greatly."
She started her dance training in her home town of Portsmouth before moving to London, where she played in a band and got a record deal with Warner Brothers, before working as a presenter for MTV Asia.
Haque moved to India in 1997 and starred in a string of films with some of the biggest names in Bollywood, before returning to the UK to appear in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams and a musical version of The Far Pavilions.
Other roles on stage and screen followed, including a stint behind the bar at the Rovers Return where she played Poppy Morales.
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