'The Vicar Of Dibley' Actor Emma Chambers Dies Aged 53
Emma Chambers, known from her role on The Vicar of Dibley has died at the age of 53
Her agent John Grant has released a statement, saying: "We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers. 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. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected."
Fans have flocked to social media to express their grief at losing one of their favourite actors.
RIP to the lovely #EmmaChambers .. her face seeing Julia Roberts for the first time in Notting hill was "spit your drink out" priceless . pic.twitter.com/LSYAueFS1E
- Rob Ashby-Hawkins (@HawkinsAshby) February 24, 2018
So sad to hear the death of Emma Chambers, known as Alice from the Vicar of Dibley. She made me laugh. #ICantBelieveItsNotButter
- Jamie Bevan (@ManicallyBevs) February 24, 2018
Broadcaster Emma Freud wrote on Twitter: "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."
Actor James Dreyfus also said: "RIP the wonderful and talented Emma Chambers. Unique, & unspeakably funny. Too young. Thoughts with her family. X"
This fan wrote: "I was just thinking of Dawn French & Emma in Dibley and how they were dynamite together. So brilliantly funny and she seemed a genuinely lovely lady in real life!"
Another added: "No! Had no idea. How dreadful. Her comedic timing was second to none."
The Doncaster born actor was also known for her appearances in Notting Hill, How Do You Want Me? and Pond Life. Her acting career started in 1988 with small parts on TV productions, such as The Bill, until she got the part of Alice Tinker in 1994.
Emma held onto that role until 2007 when she left the acting world.
Four years later she won the Best Actress gong at the British Comedy Awards for that character. She stole hearts in the role of Honey Thacker aka the quirky, red-headed sister to Hugh Grant's character in Notting Hill, who absolutely gushed over Julia Roberts.
Anyone who's ever met a famous person can relate to her moment where she says: "Oh God, this is one of those key moments in life, when it's possible you can be really, genuinely cool - and I'm failing 100 percent.
While she was known well for her TV work, she was also an avid theatre actor and spent a decade in various productions such as Tartuffe, Invisible Friends and Benefactors.
She is survived by her husband, Ian Dunn.
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