‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith pays tribute to Elisabeth Sladen

Smith praises the icon's 'grace and kindness'

Doctor Who actor Matt Smith has paid tribute to Elisabeth Sladen.

The current lead actor in the long-running sci-fi saga praised the actor’s “grace and kindness.” Sladen passed away last night (April 19) after a battle with cancer.

Smith appeared with Sladen as a guest star last year in her own spin-off series The Sarah-Jane Adventures.

He posted the following tribute: “What struck me about Lis was her grace. She welcomed me, educated me, and delighted me with her tales and adventures on Doctor Who. And she also seemed to have a quality of youth that not many people retain as they go through life. Her grace and kindness will stay with me because she had such qualities in abundance and shared them freely.”

Smith continued: “I will miss her, as will the world of Doctor Who and all the Doctors that had the good pleasure to work with Lis Sladen and travel the universe with Sarah-Jane.”