The death has been announced of the Irish actress Melanie Clark Pullen, best known for her role as Mary Flaherty in EastEnders from 1997 to 1999. She was 46 and had been battling cancer.

A native of Bray, Co Wicklow, Melanie Clark Pullen's many other credits included RTÉ's Fair City, RAW, The Clinic and The Big Bow Wow; the UK series Casualty, Inspector George Gently and Doctors; and the Liam Neeson-starring film Ordinary Love. Last year, she appeared in the Aisling Bea comedy series This Way Up.

As Mary Flaherty, the great-niece of EastEnders' matriarch Pauline Fowler (the late Wendy Richard), she appeared in over 130 episodes of the BBC soap.

Away from her acting credits, Melanie Clark Pullen was the presenter of her own podcast, Strut and Bellow, and was also a writer and producer.

She is survived by her husband and three children.

Paying tribute on Tuesday, EastEnders said: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Melanie Clark Pullen has passed away. Our love and thoughts are with Melanie's family and friends."