The stars have started using Twitter to pay tribute to Elisabeth Sladen.
The 63 year old actress passed away this evening, and insiders say she had been battling cancer for some time.
She is best known as Sarah Jane Smith from Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures and you can read more about the many occasions on which she returned to this role here.
Tonight, just minutes after her death was announced, Stephen Fry took to Twitter and wrote:
What terribly sad news about Elisabeth Sladen – her Sarah Jane was part of my childhood. Deepest sympathy to her family.
Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat paid tribute to his ‘hero’ in a statement saying:
“‘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 would 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.”
Mark Gattis, Doctor Who and Sherlock writer said:
“‘A tear, Sarah Jane?’ Farewell to the wonderful, irreplaceable Lis Sladen. The best.”
Jonathan Ross added:
“RIP Elisabeth Sladen aka Sarah Jane . Sad news.”
Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton wrote on Twitter:
“Such sad news about Elisabeth Sladen.”