Actress Emma Chambers dies aged 53

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Media caption Vicar of Dibley’s Alice Tinker: “I can’t believe it’s not butter”

Actors Dawn French and Hugh Grant have led tributes for their former co-star Emma Chambers, that has died aged 53.

Known for playing Alice Tinker within the Vicar of Dibley, Doncaster-born Compartments also had roles in Notting Hill and a Martin Chuzzlewit version.

Chambers died through natural causes on Wednesday night and would be “greatly missed”, the girl agent John Grant said.

“Emma created a wealth associated with characters and an immense entire body of work, ” he additional.

She leaves the husband, fellow actor Ian Dunn.

French, that starred in The Vicar of Dibley alongside Chambers for 13 many years, paid tribute to a “very vivid spark and the most loyal plus loving friend anyone could desire for”.

“I may miss her very much”, the girl said, while also posting an image of the pair on Twitter.

Notting Hill star Hugh Grant, who else played the older brother of Chambers’ character Honey in the 1999 movie, spoke of his sadness adopting the news, adding: “She brought fun and joy to many. ”

Other well-wishers included Emma Freud, the partner of Rich Curtis, who created both the movie and the TV comedy.

Chambers played the character of Alice Tinker, a village church verger, in The Vicar of Dibley in between 1994 and 2007, with France in the title role.

In 1998, she won the particular British Comedy Award for best TELEVISION actress for her performance.

Jon Plowman, executive producer from the series and former head associated with comedy at the BBC, described Compartments as “bright and clever”.

He said: “Emma was obviously a gifted comic actress who produced any part she played : no matter how ditzy or other life – look easy. ”

‘It was a joy’

Chambers would look at every line to make sure she obtained the rhythm and the tone from the lunatic she was playing, states Paul Mayhew-Archer, co-writer of the Vicar of Dibley.

This individual told BBC Radio 5 reside that despite most comedy collection having an idiot, “she produced Alice a completely unique, very exclusive idiot”.

“The pleasure of the scenes with Emma plus Dawn is they never proceeded to go wrong, so you just got these types of wonderful first takes – which means you got all that original energy moved straight on to the screen – it had been a joy. ”

Image caption Compartments was known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, together with Dawn French
Image caption She was named greatest TV comedy actress in 1998 for her portrayal of Alice
Image caption She made an appearance as Charity Pecksniff (right) within a BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit

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