Natasha Collins

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Natasha Collins
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Collins and Speight on See It Saw It
Born Natasha Louise Collins
(1976-09-07)7 September 1976
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Died 3 January 2008(2008-01-03) (aged 31)
St John's Wood, London, England
Cause of death
Drug overdose
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1998–2001
Partner(s) Mark Speight (2005–08; her death)

Natasha Louise Collins (7 September 1976 – 3 January 2008) was an English actress and model, and the girlfriend of Mark Speight. She died of a drug overdose and severe scalds in January 2008.

Career[edit]

Educated at St. Michael's Catholic Grammar School in Finchley, north London,[1] she initially worked as a model, and was still represented by Ugly Rage Models at the time of her death.[2] Collins first appeared on TV in the Brechin Productions children's show See It Saw It, in which she played See, one of two court jesters in the court of the King, played by Mark Speight.[3] Trying to break into more adult television, she later appeared in Hallmark/NBC's The Tenth Kingdom and ITV1's Real Women. She also featured in a small number of episodes of the BBC emergency services programme 999 Lifesavers and one episode of the popular children's TV series Chucklevision as the Spanish Princess.[4] She also worked in film and theatre, as well as presenting corporate videos.[5]

In 2001 Collins was cast in a main role in the Channel 4 show Hollyoaks, but later the same day was involved in a serious car accident, which left her in a coma and hospitalised for a long period of time.[6] The incident left her with seizures that curtailed her career.[7] Whilst recovering, she began dating Speight,[6] and the couple became engaged in Barbados in 2005.[8]

Death[edit]

At 1:20 pm on 3 January 2008, police were called to the North West London home of Collins and Speight, where Collins was found dead in a bath. Speight was arrested on suspicion of murder and supplying class A drugs, and was bailed to return to the police station for questioning in early February.[9]

The subsequent postmortem examination proved to be inconclusive, requiring additional toxicology tests.[10] The inquest, opened on 8 January 2008, heard that the death was not thought to be suspicious, but that it was "subject to further investigation".[11] On 2 April 2008, the coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure after Collins was found with scalds covering about 60% of her body and a "'very significant' amount of cocaine in her system at the time". Speight had been arrested immediately following Collins's death, but was not charged with any offence.[12] Speight later died by suicide and his body was found by police in the roof of MacMillan House next to London's Paddington railway station on 13 April 2008. He was said to have killed himself because he could not cope with the grief of Collins's death. She was buried at Edmonton Cemetery in Edmonton Greater London, England.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Leppard; Sarah-Kate Templeton (2008-01-06). "The real face of cocaine culture?". The Times (London). Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Natasha Collins". Ugly Enterprise Ltd. 4 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Pictures of See It Saw It". Brechin. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  4. ^ Wright, Stephen (4 January 2008). "BBC children's TV presenter arrested for murder after fiancée's 'cocaine' death". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  5. ^ Sherwin, Adam (2008-01-05). "Children’s TV presenter arrested on suspicion of his fiancee’s murder". London: Times. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  6. ^ a b Jay Burridge (2008-04-18). "Mark and me". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  7. ^ Rayner, Gordon; Gammell, Caroline; Steele, John (4 January 2008). "TV host arrested after fiancee's 'cocaine' death". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  8. ^ Stephen Armstrong (2008-04-14). "Mark Speight". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  9. ^ "BBC Presenter Quizzed Over Body In Bath". 
  10. ^ Ryan, Rosalind (2008-01-07). "Postmortem on Speight's fiancee 'inconclusive'". Guardian Unlimited (London: Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  11. ^ "Presenter death 'not suspicious'". BBC News (BBC). 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  12. ^ "Cocaine Death Of Children's TV Girl". Sky News (BSkyB). 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  13. ^ "TV host Mark Speight 'found dead'". BBC News Online. 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  14. ^ "TV presenter 'was found hanged'". BBC News Online. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 

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