Derry Girls actress who played Baby Anna diagnosed with leukaemia

The little girl who played Baby Anna in Derry Girls has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Four-year-old Zoe Brown, along with her twin Sophie, played the younger sister of main character Erin Quinn in the hit Channel 4 sitcom.

Zoe, who is from Belfast, shared the role in series two and three of the show, which revolved around teenagers growing up in Derry during the Troubles and subsequent peace agreement.

The little girl has now been undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and other treatment after being diagnosed with the cruel disease in May.

Her mother, Leah, told Belfast Live her daughter is ‘still smiling’ despite now being so ill from the treatment she can no longer walk.

Diagnosed just seven weeks ago, Zoe has undergone multiple bone marrow biopsies and lumbar punctures, and has lost her hair, which her mum says is ‘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,’ she said.

However, she added that they have met other little girls who have lost their hair at the children’s ward of the hospital who have ‘made her feel better.’

Leah has had to give up work to care for Zoe during her treatment, with her twin sister beginning primary school without her, and Leah says she is ‘overwhelmed by everyone’s help and support.’

Zoe will require intense treatment until Christmas, and maintenance chemotherapy for two years afterwards.

A fundraiser has been set up by a family friend to help with the costs and other difficulties as the little girl battles the cancer, with the JustGiving page describing the ‘brutal’ side effects of Zoe’s drugs.

‘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,’ the page reads.

It went on to state that an in-person fundraiser will be held in Belfast in July to raise further funds for Zoe and her family ‘to help ease the pain of what they are all going through.’

Set up with an initial £500 goal, the JustGiving page has far surpassed that, currently standing at over £3,500.

It was shared n social media by Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee herself, who told Belfast Live she was ‘so sorry’ the little girl was ill, describing her as ‘the most wonderful little girl’.

She added they were ‘so lucky to have her in the Derry Girls family.’

You can find Zoe’s JustGiving page here.

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