Ex-EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella has paid an emotional tribute to her younger brother, the latest teen to be stabbed to death on London’s streets.

Ben Kinsella, 16, was knifed in a north London street at around 2am on Sunday and died later in hospital.

A tearful Miss Kinsella, 24, who is best known for playing Kelly Taylor in the BBC soap, said: “Yesterday, we tragically lost not only a beautiful son and brother, but a true angel. He was one of the kindest and gentlest boys God created.”

Referring to the 17 teenagers who have died violently in London this year, Miss Kinsella urged people to put down their knives and said: “Now it truly is the time to stand up and put an end to this.”

Miss Kinsella said: “We always knew that Ben would make a special mark in this world.

“Although it is in the worst possible circumstances, hopefully he will be the one to put an end to this. My family are determined to fight in his memory to make the streets safe for our children.”

She added: “Please, boys and girls, put down your knives and weapons and think about the pain and suffering they will cause.”

Ben followed his sister to the Young Actors Theatre in north London, where he took regular after-school drama classes.

His acting credits included appearing in an episode of ITV police drama The Bill aired in early 2004, where he played a character called Tyrone.

Two 16-year-old boys arrested in connection with the investigation have been bailed to return to a north London police station on a date in late August.