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British actress Lucy Gordon found dead in Paris flat

British actress Lucy Gordon, who featured in Spider Man 3, has been found dead in her Paris flat.

 
Lucy Gordon: British actress Lucy Gordon found dead in Paris flat
Miss Gordon made her screen debut in 2001 and has since appeared in around a dozen films, including Serendipity Photo: GETTY

Police in the French capital said the body of Miss Gordon, 28, was found on Wednesday, two days before her 29th birthday.

A shopkeeper near her flat told Gala magazine that the star's boyfriend had burst into his shop on Wednesday morning calling for help.

The pair rushed upstairs in la Rue des Petites Ecuries to find the young actress dead.

Police are looking into the theory that she hanged herself while her boyfriend lay sleeping in the flat.

"There were no suspicious circumstances," said a detective. "It appears that the young woman took her own life."

Friends of Miss Gordon said she had been deeply affected by the recent suicide of a friend back in Britain.

One local added: "She was an adorable girl. Two days ago, we were chatting over a drink. You think people are stable and then..."

The Oxford-born actress played character Jennifer Dugan in the third instalment of Spider-Man and had most recently acted in Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.

She had recently worked on two other films including a biopic of singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, in which she played the 60s actress and singer Jane Birkin.

Trailers from the film, Gainsbourg (vie héroique) – due for release early next year – were presented at the Cannes film festival this week.

"(The film) owes a lot to the generosity, gentleness and immense talent of Lucy Gordon," said the director, Joann Sfar, and its producers, Marc du Pontavice and Didier Lupfer, in a statement.

She also had a central role in a new French comedy, Cineman, due out this year, and played alongside Audrey Tautou – the star of Amelie – in Les Poupées Russes (The Russian Dolls), a romantic comedy.

Miss Gordon made her screen debut in 2001 and has since appeared in around a dozen films, including Serendipity, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.

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