Gemma McCluskie played the part of Kerry Skinner in EastEnders in 2001 (Facebook)
Gemma McCluskie played the part of Kerry Skinner in EastEnders in 2001 (Facebook)

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has accepted responsibility for her death.

Tony McCluskie, 35, has admitted manslaughter of the actress but denies murdering the 29-year-old, whose headless and limbless body was discovered in Regent's Canal in east London in March.

The victim's arms and legs were pulled from the river at later a later date before her head was discovered by a member of the public in September.

Miss McCluskie, who played the part of Kerry Skinner in the popular BBC soap in 2001, was identified because of a distinctive tattoo on her body.

She was last seen on 1 March returning to her home in Hackney after attending the £650m opening of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

Tony McCluskie is accused of killing her sometime between 29 February and 6 March. A trial date has been set for 14 January at the Old Bailey.