What to Know About Tanya Fear: Family, Friends Search for Missing U.K. Actress in L.A.

Tanya Fear, a 31-year-old British actress, has been reported missing in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to the BBC that a missing person report was filed for Fear on September 9, the day she was last seen by many in the area around the Hollywood Bowl. She was, however, later said to be spotted by some at an L.A. Trader Joe’s location on Santa Monica Boulevard on September 12, marking the last time that she was purportedly seen by anyone.

“Since she’s been here, she’s had a great career and this is just the beginning,” Alex Cole, Fear’s manager, said in a statement to ABC News. “We’re obviously concerned and [hope] we find out this is a simple mistake and we find her.”

Cole added that he had seen Fear a week ago and had not noticed anything concerning about her behavior.

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British actress Tanya Fear has been missing since September 12. Fear attends the “aTypical Wednesday” Los Angeles Premiere at The Montalban on June 24, 2020, in Hollywood, California.
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The actress was born Tanyaradzwa Fear in Zimbabwe, to a Zimbabwean father and an English mother. She moved with her family to the United Kingdom at a young age and grew up there, eventually becoming an actress.

She is perhaps best known for a significant supporting role in a 2018 episode of the BBC’s seminal science-fiction series, Doctor Who. Fear appeared in the episode, Arachnids in the UK, and played the character of Dr. Jade McIntyre. Given the self-contained nature of most Doctor Who episodes, her character has not returned since. This was one of the early episodes in the show’s 11 season, the inaugural outing for Jodie Whitaker, the first female actor to ever play The Doctor.

Fear has also had smaller roles in several major films. In 2013, she appeared as “Harlow” in Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the cult-favorite superhero send-up from 2010. In 2018, she played a waitress in My Dinner with Herve, a biopic produced by HBO about Fantasy Island actor Herve Villechaize. The title role was played by Peter Dinklage opposite Jamie Dornan.

Fear had roles on numerous other TV series, including Midsomer Murders, Spotless, DCI Banks, and Endeavour. Her IMDB page also shows that she wrote, directed, and starred in a series of three comedy short films from 2020 called Shoot Your Shot.

Fear’s family has set up a Twitter account, @FindTanyaFear, to provide information about the missing actress and to get the word out. This includes information about what she was last seen wearing: a light brown, fitted short sleeve top with dark plaid bottoms that could have potentially been shorts. The account is also working to spread the hashtag, #FindTanyaFear.

Newsweek has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for a statement or update on this case.

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