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Derry Girls child star Zoe Brown, 4, who played Baby Anna, diagnosed with leukaemia

Derry Girls child star Zoe Brown has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

The four-year-old played Baby Anna, the younger sister of Erin Quinn, in the Channel 4 show which is focused on the lives of teenagers growing up in Derry during the Troubles.

She played the role alongside her twin sister Sophie and starred in the second and third series of the show.

Zoe was diagnosed with leukaemia in May and has been undergoing treatment and chemotherapy.

Zoe’s mum Leah told Belfast Live that despite the gruelling treatment, her brave little girl is “still smiling”.



Derry Girls child star Zoe Brown, four, has been diagnosed with leukaemia

Since her diagnosis seven weeks ago, Zoe has undergone lumbar punctures and bone marrow biopsies.

She has also sadly lost her hair, which mum Leah said is “the saddest wee bit for her”.

She said: “I know that’s not the main concern, but it’s the saddest wee bit for her.

“Zoe just had the longest, thickest hair and it was the first thing anyone talked about when they saw her.”



Zoe played baby Anna Quinn in Derry Girls

Brave Zoe will have intense treatment until Christmas and then maintenance chemotherapy for two years after.

A JustGiving fundraiser has been set up by a family friend to help cover the costs of Zoe’s cancer battle. You can find the page here.

A statement on the page reads: “It’s a long road ahead so with the help of our community we can all come together and do what we can to help the family.”



Zoe starred in Channel 4 show Derry Girls, which is focused on the lives of teenagers growing up during the Troubles

A fundraising event in Belfast will also take place in July to raise funds for Zoe and her family.

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee has sent her best wishes to Zoe as she shared a link to the fundraising page and wrote online: “I am so sorry Zoe is going through this.

“She’s the most wonderful little girl and we are lucky to have her as part of our Derry Girls family.

“I’m sending her and her family strength and love.”

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