Tribute to actor killed in freak lorry accident

PUBLISHED: 11:06 01 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 August 2010

Tributes have been paid to a talented actor who was killed when he was hit by a lorry.

Tributes have been paid to a talented actor who was killed when he was hit by a lorry.

Matthew Clowry, 44, of Bristow Road, Bexleyheath, was a semi professional actor and had recently performed in the play Sitting Pretty at the Bromley Little Theatre.

The proud member of the Edward Alderton Theatre, in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, was killed at 4am on June 24 when he was hit by a lorry in Bronze Age Way, Erith.

It is believed he was on his way home from celebration drinks following England's World Cup match against Slovenia.

His close friend Helen West, 34, of Church Road, Bexleyheath, said: "We were just shocked when we heard the news. He was at the beginning of his career. He was very passionate about what he did.

Ms West, a light technician at Edward Alderton Theatre, where she met Mr Clowry, added: "He had worked his way up for his directing debut. Acting was his life and passion. He was very proud of what he did, it's tragic that it was cut short for him. He had everything to look forward to."

Mr Clowry, who was unmarried, spent his days working as a project manager for Capita in Erith, whilst his evenings were devoted to drama.

He had appeared in the production of Oedipus the King in March last year and he was due to direct his first play at the venue in October.

Preschool teacher Ms West, who had known Mr Clowry for five years added: "I used to watch him taking his final exams. He was a very talented actor with very promising acting skills.

"He was a very popular and well-liked funny guy who was very friendly."

Police are still uncertain as to why Mr Clowry was struck down. When officers arrived in Bronze Age Way, they found that the lorry which collided with him had hit another truck as it came to a stop.

Mr Clowry was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem was held at Princess Royal University Hospital. He died of multiple injuries.

Tributes have also been left on a Facebook group called R.I.P Matt Clowry. Members of the Edward Alderton Theatre met yesterday at the venue for drinks in his memory.

Artistic director at the theatre, Mark Campbell, 43, from Plumstead, said: "He was very excited about directing for the first time. It was a huge shock when we heard."

Mr Clowry's boss at Capita, Angela Felstead, 54, said: "Matt had many very close friends at work. We are still in shock and trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of a friend and close colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this dreadful time."

* Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the witness appeal line on 020 8285 1574.

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