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Tributes are paid to Belfast actor, Julie Maxwell

Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments

“A wonderful, engaging, instinctual presence”

Tributes have been paid to Julie Maxwell, the Belfast actor who appeared in the BBC Northern Ireland comedy Soft Border Patrol, who died suddenly on Saturday night (24th August).

Julie, a previous winner of the Kenneth Branagh Renaissance Award and an Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Artist Award, was a regular on the stage of the Lyric Theatre, appearing in many shows, including Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat, Be My Baby, The Miser, The Crucible, Three Sisters and Ladykillers.

Caoileann Curry-Thompson, drama officer of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, paid tribute:

“We at the Arts Council are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Julie's passing. On stage Julie was a wonderful, engaging, instinctual presence; off stage she was one of the most generous, warm, funny and unassuming people you could ever meet. Her talents and flair extended beyond acting, receiving an award from the Arts Council for playwriting and assistant directing 'Shirley Valentine' at the Lyric at the time of her passing. Theatre in Northern Ireland is a close knit, familial sector, which survives by the brilliance and dedication of those who work in it. Our sector is devastated by Julie's death and the loss will be felt sorely by all and for a long time to come. Our thoughts are with her husband Rhodri

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