BREAKING NEWS: Inquest hears Eastenders actor died in Seaford cliff fall

, Potrait, 2011, Credit: Johan Persson/
, Potrait, 2011, Credit: Johan Persson/

Former Eastenders actor Paul Bhattacharjee threw himself to his death over cliffs at Seaford after being declared bankrupt.

The 52-year-old Asian actor’s body was found at the foot of cliffs at Splash Point in July of this year.

An inquest into his death on Thursday at Eastbourne heard Mr Bhattacharjee was a proud man who couldn’t handle the knowledge of his bankruptcy becoming public knowledge.

He was last seen leaving rehearsals for a London show and failed to return home to his partner Emma McKie. He sent a text to tell her he would be home late but then sent a later text saying he was sorry.

His body was found by coastguards and his wallet was washed ashore and discovered by a council worker on the beach.

Miss McKie said the actor was a beautiful person, incredibly loving and proud.

But she said beneath his hard exterior, he had a painful past.

“Paul had a darkness inside him which was irreparable,” she said. “He didn’t think he deserved my love.

“The bankruptcy was the final straw. I do believe he would take his own life.”

Detective Sergeant Dave Tye from Sussex Police was called to the beach when Mr Bhattacharjee’s body was found. He told the inquest his body was recovered from the beach by Newhaven Lifeboat volunteer crew members.

Mr Bhattacharjee had links with the Seaford area and his family had lived in the town in the past.

The inquest was also told an anonymous letter had been sent to the coroner saying Mr Bhattacharjee had taken his own life and blamed the Inland Revenue for his bankruptcy.

East Sussex coroner Alan Craze said it was clear the actor intended to end his life.

“It is totally clear his death wasn’t an accident,” said Mr Craze. “He was extremely depressed at the time and it is a tragedy for a lot of people.”

Mr Craze recorded a verdict of suicide while the balance of Mr Bhattacharjee’s mind was disturbed.

The actor played Masood’s brother Inzamam in Eastenders and also appeared in Casino Royale, Spooks and New Tricks.