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Briony McRoberts has died aged 56

The Mirror is reporting that the actress wife of Downton Abbey star David Robb, who plays doctor Richard Clarkson in the series, has been killed by a Tube  train in London.

Briony McRoberts’ body was found on the tracks after taking her own life. She  was 56.

She appeared in EastEnders, The Bill, Heartbeat, The Professionals and Taggart but was best known as sexy superbitch Sam Hagen in Scottish soap Take the High Road. She played the role for almost a decade before leaving in the late 1990s.

Understandable so, her husband David is distraught at her death.

A  friend told the Daily Record: “He is beside himself with grief. He has lost the love of his life.”

Agent Katie Threlfall said the “well-loved” and “vibrant” actress had taken her own life, describing the death as “unbelievably shocking”.

She said: “It’s just a terrible, terrible loss of a wonderful woman. Nobody had any idea it was going to happen. Her husband is deeply shocked.

Our hearts and prayers go out to David Robb during this time of loss.

Briony McRobertsBriony McRoberts and David Robb in the 1970s