Harry Potter star’s brother and friend electrocuted while train surfing drunk

Ben Haddon-Cave and Paddy Bolster died surfing on the top of a train in East London

A pair of ‘extremely drunk’ friends died train surfing when they hit overhead wires carrying 25,000 volts of electricity.

Ben Haddon-Cave, 27, and Paddy Bolster, 26, were found a mile apart on the overground line between Stratford and Hackney Wick in the early hours of March 21.

Mr Haddon-Cave, whose sister Jessie Cave played the character of Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films, was discovered by firefighters after they were called by a neighbour shortly before 1am.

He also worked as an actor and was expected to play the lead role in an upcoming film.

His other sister, Bebe, starred in ITV’s historical drama Victoria, playing Wilhelmina Coke.

The young man’s friend of seven years, Mr Bolster, was a student at Aberystwyth University and had travelled up to London that afternoon.

Mr Haddon-Cave’s partner, Sylvia Gregorzko, said the two friends had visited Howling Hop Brewery in Hackney Wick where she worked as a barmaid and had organised a comedy night.

The pair had been drinking with a larger group of friends, including Mr Haddon-Cave’s brother Jamie, who left earlier in the evening..

The two friends decided to head back to Mr Haddon-Cave’s flat in Clerkenwell, leaving before Ms Gregorzko at around 12:45am.

CCTV footage showed the pair walking towards a housing estate behind the brewery where Ms Gregorzko believes they got onto the tracks by climbing through a hole in a fence.

She left around half an hour later and said: “I immediately noticed a large number of police vehicles outside Hackney Wick station.

“Everything was good between me and Ben and he appeared to enjoy himself, particularly because of Paddy who he hadn’t seen for months.

“They both had a few drinks and were tipsy but not particularly drunk.”

She added: “I can only imagine that this was a purely spontaneous, spur of the moment opportunity.”

Coroner Mary Hassell told Poplar Coroners’ Court how Mr Haddon-Cave died on the track adjacent to Hackney Wick railway station in London, and Mr Bolster died close to Stratford railway station.