Known for playing Alice Tinker in Vicar of Dibley, Emma Chambers, has died of natural causes on Wednesday evening, 21 February, according to her agent John Grant. She was 53. Her co-stars Dawn French and Hugh Grant have led tributes for the late actress.
Doncaster-born Emma also gave her notable roles in Notting Hill and a Martin Chuzzlewit. Emma is survived by her actor husband Ian Dunn.
Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work,
'Vicar of Dibley' Actress Emma Chambers Dies of Natural Cause at Age 53
Dawn, who appeared on The Vicar of Dibley along with Emma for 13 years, paid tribute to a "very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for".
I will miss her very much,
She also posted a tweet today in order to pay tribute to her. Check it out.
I was regularly humped like this by the unique & beautiful spark that was Emma Chambers. I never minded. I loved her. A lot . pic.twitter.com/imzkoyKja9
— Dawn French (@Dawn_French) February 24, 2018
Hugh, who played the elder brother of Emma' character Honey in the 1999 film Notting Hill, spoke of his sadness following the death news, saying,
She brought laughter and joy to many.
Other well-wishers include Emma Freud, the partner of Richard Curtis, who created both the film and the TV comedy.
Our beautiful friend Emma Chambers has died at the age of 53. We're very very sad. She was a great, great comedy performer, and a truly fine actress. And a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being. pic.twitter.com/vLQcRcv2Ex
— emma freud ?? (@emmafreud) February 24, 2018
Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) February 24, 2018
I'm sad about Emma Chambers. Knew her when she was a kid in Doncaster. She was very funny.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) February 24, 2018
Rest in Peace Emma!