Sophiya Haque played assistant bar manager Poppy Morales

Coronation Street actress Sophiya Haque has died aged 41 after a short battle with cancer.

The actress, who played Rovers Return assistant bar manager Poppy Morales from 2008-2009, had been suffering from pneumonia and had developed a blood clot on her lungs before she died in her sleep on Thursday.

Up until falling ill, Sophiya had been starring in Michael Grandage’s West End production Privates On Parade.

‘She was a true force of nature and her glorious performance as Sylvia in Privates On Parade is one that will be remembered with great joy,’ the director says.

‘A spirited lady, she lived life to the full, and her presence in the theatre will be sorely missed. The company would like to dedicate the remaining performances to her memory.’

An ITV statement says: ‘We are saddened to hear the terrible news of Sophiya‘s death.

‘She was a vibrant and beautiful actress who was a pleasure to have around during her time on Coronation Street. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.’

Sophiya was born in the UK but had also starred in many Bollywood films.

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