Three bodies found in a garden in Erith, Kent have been identified as former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two young children.
Blake, 43, and her children Zachary Bilal Kent-Blake, 8, and Amon Ben George Kent-Blake, 4, were last seen on December 13th. Police visited the family home and spoke to Blake’s partner and the children’s father Arthur Simpson-Kent on December 16th after the NSPCC raised concerns over Blake’s health and the couple’s relationship. Blake had Motor Neurone disease and was said to be ‘frail’ at the time of her disappearance.
Simpson-Kent, 48, subsequently disappeared himself and was considered a ‘high risk missing person’. Blake’s car was found on January 3rd in Calvert Avenue in Bethnal Green, East London, it remains unclear who parked the silver-beige Renault Scenic at the location.
It was announced the following day, January 4th, that Homicide officers had now joined the case with sniffer dogs aiding the discovery of the three bodies in shallow graves in the garden on January 5th. A spokesperson for the police today confirmed that the bodies are that of the actress and her children and that they had died from “head and neck injuries”.
Simpson-Kent is being sought by police over the deaths and is believed to have fled to Ghana. He is noted to have been abusive towards Blake and ex-wife French national Dominique Deblieux with whom he has an 18 year old daughter.
“Detectives investigating the triple murder of a mother and her sons from Erith, have today, Thursday, 7 January, confirmed that formal identification has taken place. They are Sian Blake, 43, Zachary Bilal Kent-Blake, aged 8 and 4-year-old Amon Ben George Kent-Blake. Sian’s family are aware and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.” – Metropolitan Police
Blake played ‘soul-singing slapper’ Frankie Pierre in EastEnders for 56 episodes between 1996-1997, notably having an affair with Alan Jackson (actor Howard Anthony) husband of Carol (Lindsey Coulson). Her character’s vixen persona saw the actress receive hate mail, threats of violence and even death threats from viewers. She told the Mirror in 1997, ‘One woman wrote to me telling me that her marriage had almost been ruined when someone like Frankie went after her husband… It was a really vicious letter, she threatened to kill me and warned me to watch out. It was very frightening.’
Other television roles included parts in BBC One daytime soap Doctors, Channel 4 teen drama Skins and ITV police saga The Bill.
Pictured Top: Howard Anthony and Sian Blake as their characters Alan and Frankie in EastEnders.