Derry Girls’ baby Anna star Zoe Brown, 4, diagnosed with leukaemia and has lost her hair

DERRY Girls’ Baby Anna star Zoe Brown has been diagnosed with leukaemia aged just four.

The youngster and her twin Sophie played Erin Quinn’s little sister in the hit Channel 4 sitcom.

Zoe Brown, who appeared in Derry Girls as Baby Anna, has leukaemia

A fundraiser to help the youngster has raised nearly £5,000

The four-year-old is being treated for leukaemia – a form of cancer – but mum Leah Brown saying Zoe is “still smiling”.

She told Belfast Live: “She’s been in theatre so many times, she gets lumbar punctures to put chemo in her spinal fluid as well and that’s done under anaesthetic.

“You never think your child is going to be in theatre at all and the last seven weeks, she has been in loads of times.”

She explained that Zoe said lost her hair saying: “I know that’s not the main concern, but it’s 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.”

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee sent her best wishes, writing: “I am so sorry Zoe is going through this.

“She’s the most wonderful little girl and we are lucky to have her as part of our Derry Girls family.

“I’m sending her and her family strength and love.”

A friend of the family has set up a fundraiser to help the family that has already beaten its £500 target – with £4,200 raised at time of writing.

Derry Girls – which is set in the 90s during the final years of the Troubles – first aired in Channel 4 in 2018.

The show was a huge success but came to an end this year as it became increasingly difficult for its stars to play schoolchildren.

Derry Girls came to an end on Channel 4 earlier this year