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The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has been charged with her murder

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has been charged with her murder

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has been charged with her murder

The brother of a former 'EastEnders' actress whose headless body was found dumped in a London canal will appear in court today charged with her murder.

Gemma McCluskie's limbless torso was discovered floating close to Hackney's Broadway Market days after she had attended a high-profile hospital opening ceremony.

Her 35-year-old brother Tony was formally charged by police on Saturday as divers continued to search for Miss McCluskie's remaining body parts.

He will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court.

Ms McCluskie (29), who played Kerry Skinner in the BBC soap in 2001, disappeared after attending the opening of the new £650m (€776m) Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel, east London.

She was reported missing to police two days later. Friends of Ms McCluskie launched extensive searches in a bid to find her.

Inconclusive

Former co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed on Twitter for help.

Ms McCluskie's remains were discovered last Tuesday when a member of the public reported a suspicious object in Regent's Canal.

A post-mortem examination has proved inconclusive.

Tony McCluskie, of Pelter Street, Hackney, was arrested last Wednesday. He is accused of killing his sister between February 29 and March 6.

Ms McCluskie's character arrived in Walford as a friend of Zoe Slater. She briefly dated Robbie Jackson and got him to propose to her.

Irish Independent