Fritha Goodey was a British actress of About a Boy,
The Lost Prince, Case of Evil, Bookcruncher
and 2004's Alfie fame. Many considered her to be on the
verge of major stardom at the time of her 2004 suicide.
Fritha Goodey appeared on stage in Some Explicit Polaroids,
She Stoops to Conquer, and A Laughing Matter.
Fritha was also a radio personality, lending her distinctive
voice to Wuthering Heights, The Case of the Determined
Client (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes mystery),
The Silver Pigs, The Warwickshire Scandal and
Taken at the Flood.
She had suffered from anorexia nervosa for many years,
and nearly died years earlier as a result. It was said
she lost three years of her life during an extended
period of hospitalization and recovery, back before her
acting career had taken off. She continued to struggle
with the life-threatening condition until her death.
While her work was praised by critics and her fellow
actors alike, she had become riddled with self-doubt
during rehearsals of a prestigious theatre production
of Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy. The play
was to mark her return to the stage, and was due to
tour before opening on London's West End.
The coroner's investigation revealed she killed herself
with a single stab wound to the chest with a kitchen
knife. Following her death, her family issued a statement
saying: "Despite her struggle with illness she radiated
happiness to all around her. We admire her strength and
courage and above all, we love her. We are heartbroken."
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Fritha Jane Goodey
Date and place of birth: October 23, 1972,
Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
Date, place and cause of death: September 7, 2004,
Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate, London, England
(Suicide - stabbed herself in the chest)
Father: Glenn Goodey (a journalist/editor at The Sun)
Mother: Sally Goodey
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