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Saturday, 17 November, 2001, 00:36 GMT

Four Weddings and a Funeral star Charlotte Coleman has died aged 33, after suffering a massive asthma attack.

The BAFTA-nominated actress was found dead in her flat in Holloway, north London, on Wednesday by her actress mother Ann Beach. Miss Coleman's parents had become worried after not being able to contact her. Her father, retired producer Francis Coleman, said the actress had always suffered from asthma, and had two or three inhalers, but had never experienced a major attack. Mr Coleman, 77, said his daughter was taken to Whittington Hospital in north London, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

He said she had been in great spirits when they had last seen her, the day before she died. "When she left she said she was feeling a little ill and I told her to stay with us but she wanted to go home," he said. "The family is devastated. We loved her and she was a rare creature who the camera loved. It has all come as a terrible shock to us all but the family is pulling together."

Geoffrey Perkins, head of BBC comedy, said: "Charlotte was a charming and wonderfully eccentric person. She bought these qualities and more to the roles she played. She will be sadly missed." Mr Coleman said there would be a private family funeral on Wednesday (November 21st).

LONDON (Reuters)

"Four Weddings And A Funeral" star Charlotte Coleman has died after a massive asthma attack.

The 33-year-old actress, best known for her role as Hugh Grant's eccentric flatmate Scarlett in the 1994 blockbuster, was found dead in her London flat on Wednesday, her family told newspapers.

"She was in an upstairs room and her asthma inhaler was found downstairs," her sister, Lisa Coleman, was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. "Apparently it was very clear that she had suffered from extremely inflamed lungs."

Coleman's showbiz career began at 11, when she landed her first role in a children's television sitcom. In 1991 she won a Royal Television Society award for her portrayal of a lesbian teenager in a BBC drama. Three years later she was nominated for a BAFTA award for her role in "Four Weddings and a Funeral".