R.I.P. Elizabeth Sladen
1 February 1946 - 19 April 2011
1 February 1946 - 19 April 2011
I'm so sad that I'm even making this post, but since I can't see one already, I think that such an amazing and treasured actress deserves one.
Elisabeth Sladen, best known for playing Sarah Jane Smith in the world's longest-running and most successful Sci-Fi series, BBC Drama 'Doctor Who' throughout the 70s (and later, her own CBBC Children's Drama 'The Sarah Jane Adventures') has died, at the age of 63.
She had been fighting against cancer for some time, but had not wanted to make it widely known. BBC Sources said the actress passed away on the morning of Tuesday 19 April 2011.
Many news websites and british tabloids have paid tribute to the Liverpool-born actress today, and the many websites devoted to the series and the actress have been swamped by saddened fans paying their own tributes.
Controller of CBBC Damian Kavanagh said: "I'm deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Lis' untimely death. Lis brought joy, excitement and a sense of wonder to her many fans in her role as Sarah Jane Smith. She was adored by our young audience and I know all of them will miss her as much as I will."
Lis was known as Sarah Jane Smith, an investigative journalist turned Time Traveller, as a companion to the Doctor during the 70s. Current Doctor Who, Matt Smith, said:
"What struck me about Lis was her grace. She welcomed me, educated me, and delighted me with her tales and adventures on Doctor Who. And she also seemed to have a quality of youth that not many people retain as they go through life. Her grace and kindness will stay with me because she had such qualities in abundance and shared them freely. I will miss her, as will the world of Doctor Who and all the Doctors that had the good pleasure to work with Lis Sladen and travel the universe with Sarah Jane."
I personally thought of Mrs Sladen in the highest regard - not only was she famously a very lovable, kind, polite and lovely woman, but also an inspirational star of amazing talent. There are a few people in the world who I consider my very own inspirations, and Elisabeth Sladen was absolutely one of them - without a doubt, much moreso than the others. I only wish that I could've met her.
Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's current Lead Writer and Executive Producer said: "'Never meet your heroes' wise people say. They weren't thinking of Lis Sladen.
"Sarah Jane Smith was everybody's hero when I was younger, and as brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories. But many years later, when I met the real Sarah Jane - Lis Sladen herself - she was exactly as any child ever have wanted her to be. Kind and gentle and clever; and a ferociously talented actress, of course, but in that perfectly English unassuming way.
"There are a blessed few who can carry a whole television show on their talent and charisma - but I can't think of one other who's done it quite so politely. I once showed my son Joshua an old episode of Doctor Who, in which Lis appeared. "But that's Sarah Jane," he said, confused "In old Doctor Who. From years ago. How come she always look exactly the same?" It's not a comfort today, of course, but children will still be saying that fifty years from now."
There are many, many more who have spoken of their sadness, but also of their experience with the actress. A number of celebrities posted their reaction on the social networking site, Twitter, some of which include: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, John Barrowman, Murray Gold, Mark Gatiss, Gareth Roberts, Stephen Fry, Roger Karey, Kieth Jones, and David Tennant, to name but a very few.
Elisabeth Sladen left behind a husband, Brian Miller (70), and a daughter, Sadie (26)