Tributes roll in for the irrepressibly funny and brilliant, Emma Chambers

Tributes roll in for the irrepressibly funny and brilliant, Emma Chambers

Tributes have flown in overnight for beloved actor, Emma Chambers– best known for her role as eccentric and forgetful, Alice Tinker in the BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley.

John Grant, Chambers’ agent announced her death from ‘natural causes’ on Sunday. She was just 53.

“Over the years, Emma, created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed,” he said.

Chambers’ role in The Vicar of Dibley won her several accolades and wide esteem as a comedic actor. The naivety of Alice and her quirky rapport with vicar, Geraldine Granger (played by Dawn French) cemented the show as a classic.

Each episode would end with the two drinking tea and Geraldine telling Alice a joke that she would either interpret literally or misunderstand.

The formula was golden.

French led tributes yesterday, with a photo of the two on set– Alice lying on top of Geraldine. “I was regularly humped like this by the unique and beautiful spark that was Emma Chambers.” She wrote. “I never minded. I loved her. A lot.”

Chambers was likewise well-known for her role as the wildly kooky Honey– sister of Hugh Grant’s character, Will Thacker–in 1999 romcom, Notting Hill. 

Grant paid tribute to Chambers yesterday, calling her a ‘brilliant actress’.

English broadcaster, Emma Freud, a friend of Chambers and also the wife of Richard Curtis, screenwriter for both The Vicar of Dibley and Notting Hill, acknowledged the late actor as a “great, great comedy performer” and “a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being.”

Tributes continue to roll in, with people remembering a brilliant actor and loving friend, taken too early.

One tweet aptly surmised that “heaven just got a whole lot funnier.” We agree. Vale Emma and thank you for a lifetime of belly laughs.




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