Emma Chambers, best known for playing sweet and ditsy Alice Tinker in BBC comedy Vicar of Dibley, has died.
Her co-star Dawn French led the tributes to the 53-year-old actress, describing her as a “unique and beautiful spark”.
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
Chambers died from natural causes on Wednesday evening, according to a statement released by her agent. “Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work,” he said. “She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed.”
Chambers also appeared in 1999 film Notting Hill playing Hugh Grant’s sister. Grant said, “Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.”
Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) February 24, 2018
Notting Hill and Vicar of Dibley screenwriter Richard Curtis told the Telegraph, “We’re obviously terribly sad. She really was a great, great comedy performer – and a very fine actress. And a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being.
He added, “In my work she worked opposite Dawn French and Julia Roberts – and was more than the measure of the pair of them.”
Curtis’ wife, broadcaster Emma Freud, shared a clip of Chambers in Vicar of Dibley, adding, “How could you not love this girl?”
How could you not love this girl. Emma Chambers… thank you for the brilliance. https://t.co/RV7DextEzk
— emma freud ???? (@emmafreud) February 24, 2018
Vicar of Dibley co-writer Paul Mayhew-Archer told BBC Radio 5 Live said that it was “a joy” to work with Chambers, saying that her partnership with Dawn French was remarkable to watch.
Co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley, Paul Mayhew-Archer, on what it was like working with Emma Chambers. pic.twitter.com/r9Nbnn9k3p
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) February 24, 2018
“The joy of the scenes with Emma and Dawn is they never went wrong, so you just got these wonderful first takes – so you got all that original energy transferred straight on to the screen – it was a joy,” he said.