Winona Ryder has cancelled two public appearances at a Samuel Beckett Festival due to a bereavement.

The actress and star of Heathers and Edward Scissorhands pulled out of the Happy Days International Beckett Festival which takes in Enniskillen from August 22nd to 26th.

“I heard from Winona last night that she had just lost a dear friend and would not now be able to come to the festival taking place next week in Enniskillen.” says the festival founder and Artistic Director Sean Doran.

He added that the actress “was very apologetic and saddened at not being able to come as planned as she had been very much looking forward to taking part in the festival.

"She told me she hopes to come next year instead. It is of course a great shame that Winona will not be joining us this year and all our thoughts are with her at this very sad time.”

Ryder was scheduled to make two public appearances at the festival as part of The Tellers and The Tales programme which also features readings from Diana Quick, Juliet Stevenson, Neil Pearson, Frank Skinner, Miranda Richardson and Patrick McCabe.

The actress can still be seen in Robert Wilson’s video portrait where she plays Winnie in Beckett’s play Happy Days which will be on show at the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen as part of the Festival’s visual arts programme.

Ticket holders for Ryder’s appearance are invited to contact the box office to receive a full refund.