Tina Malone says she’s ‘devastated’ after death of husband Paul Chase

 (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
(Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Tina Malone has been left “totally devastated” by the death of her husband Paul Chase, 42.

Malone, known for her roles in Shameless and Brookside, broke the news to her followers on social media, writing on Wednesday (13 March): “It’s with total heartbreak I write this. My husband Paul Chase Malone passed away this morning. We are totally devastated.”

No cause of death has been revealed. Malone’s post has received hundreds of messages of support from her fans.

The actor, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother as a housemate in 2009, married Chase in 2010, and they had one daughter, named Flame, in 2013.

They split in 2019, but got back together soon after and, in August 2023, celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary.

In the last 10 years, Malone, 61, has appeared alongside Chase on ITV shows This Morning and Loose Women.

Speaking about their brief time away from each other in 2020, Malone, who played Mimi in Channel 4 series Shameless, said that their “love never went away”.

She told Closer that the issues in their marriage had been caused by depression and, after splitting, she realised she could save things if they “pulled together” as opposed to “falling apart”.

“We’re working on things now,” she told the outlet, adding: “Our problems were compounded by depression but I learned that in tough times you have to pull together and not apart.

“We were either arguing, bickering or not talking at all, I’d end up putting Flame to bed and falling asleep next to her.

Tina Malone and Paul Chase on ‘This Morning’ in 2017 (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
Tina Malone and Paul Chase on ‘This Morning’ in 2017 (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

As well as her daughter with Chase, Malone has an older daughter from a previous relationship.

In 2019, Malone avoided going to jail after admitting to breaching an injunction that protected the identity of James Bulger killer Jon Venables by sharing a post on social media.

Malone shared a post on Facebook in February last year which purportedly included an image and Venables’ new name, the High Court was told.

Her barrister, Adam Speker, told the court that, on reflection after giving evidence, the actor accepted that she was in breach of the injunction, and said that she understood that Venables had been given anonymity for his protection.

Malone told the court she was not aware that she was doing anything wrong when she shared the post.