The Emmerdale child actor, 3, who died in a tragic house fire leaving ITV soap cast heartbroken

In 2012, tragedy struck the family of a young Emmerdale star – who had once played the part of a baby in the popular ITV soap.

Three-year-old Sophie Firth was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital on December 2, 2012, with severe burns, after her dress caught fire at her grandmother’s house in Skellow, near Doncaster.

The little girl tragically died as a result of her injuries just nine days later, at a hospital in Newcastle where she had been taken for specialist treatment.

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Despite her young age, Sophie had already starred in one of the UK’s most popular soaps – playing the part of baby Angelica King in 2009.

She was one of two babies that were cast in the role.

Following the tot’s tragic death, an Emmerdale spokesperson was reported as saying that the cast and crew were “devastated” by the loss.

Her family described little Sophie, who lived in Austerfield, near Doncaster, as a”princess” and she was said to be “exceptionally bright”.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who attended the incident, said at the time that Sophie’s death was being treated as a “tragic accident”.

Sophie had played the part of Angelica King in ITV's Emmerdale
Sophie had played the part of Angelica King in ITV’s Emmerdale

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said at the time: “A three-year-old girl, formally identified as Sophie Firth from Austerfield, Doncaster, has sadly passed away at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after suffering severe burns in what is being treated as a tragic accident.

“Police, fire and ambulance were called to an address in Skellow at around 3.15pm on Sunday, December 2, when the child’s dress caught light after coming in contact with an open fire.

“The youngster was initially taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, before being transferred to Newcastle overnight to undergo surgery.”

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