UNDERWORLD actress Sophia Myles' dad has died of coronavirus in hospital, she revealed tonight.
The star – also known for her roles in Doctor Who and Moonlight – shared a photo on Twitter of Peter on a ventilator taken not long before he died.
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In the heartbreaking photo she is seen leaning over her father's bed wearing a protective mask while tenderly stroking his head.
Later she wrote: "RIP Peter Myles. My dear Dad died only a few hours ago.
"It was the Corona Virus that finally took him.
"Yesterday I went on a journey to see my father. This is the harsh reality of the Coronavirus."
The 40-year-old Londoner had been posting updates to her followers about her father’s illness.
And in a video message she thanked has thanked her fans for their support.
She said: “I just wanted to send a really short message to say thank you all so, so, so much for all your lovely, lovely tweets to me.
“I am sorry I am not able to reply to everyone in person but thank you. Every single one that comes through, I am so touched.”
The star revealed a film crew from CBS had recorded her meeting her father on Friday and the footage would air on Monday.
Eighteen months ago Sophia revealed her dad had Parkinson's disease.
She wrote then: "My dear Dad has Parkinson’s . Always a pleasure to see him. X"
Today's sad news came as it was revealed the UK'scoronavirus death toll has risen to 233.
The 56 new deaths were recorded for the whole of the UK in the biggest 24-hour leap yet.
NHS England confirmed 53 people had died after testing positive – including the 41-year-old who had underlying health conditions.
Two further people died in Wales – bringing the total death toll to 55, health officials confirmed.
One coronavirus victim died at Singleton Hospital aged 75, while a 98-year-old passed away at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Both had underlying health conditions.
And the number of deaths in Scotland rose to seven today after one more person died, while 373 people have now tested positive for the killer virus there.
It comes after Boris Johnson said without "drastic action" cases will double every five to six days.
Today's total of 233 means the death toll in the UK has actually quadrupled in the five days since the PM's grim warning.
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