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Dawn French has paid a touching tribute to actress Emma Chambers, following the announcement of her tragic death at 53.
Vicar of Dibley co-star, Dawn French told the Mirror: "Emma was a very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for.
"I will miss her very much."
She also tweeted:
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
The pair starred in the Vicar of Dibley together from 1994 to 2007, with Emma playing Alice Tinker and Dawn playing the role of Geraldine Granger.
Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, who starred with Emma in Notting Hill, also took to Twitter to pay his respects to the actress:
Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.
- Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) February 24, 2018
Emma played Honey in Notting Hill, the younger sister of Hugh's character William Thacker.
Fellow Notting Hill star James Dreyfus, wrote to call the late actress 'unique and unspeakably funny'.
Other stars, including Jeremy Clarkson and Carol Voderman, expressed their sadness about her sudden death:
RIP the wonderful and talented Emma Chambers. Unique,& unspeakably funny. Too young. Thoughts with her family. X
- James Dreyfus (@DreyfusJames) 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
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
She was wonderful.... #EmmaChambers ... Rest In Peace https://t.co/sQBbZOYdky
- Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) February 24, 2018
Such terribly sad news about Emma Chambers. Notting Hill is one of my favourite films of all time and she is so stunningly superb in it. That film makes me laugh & cry, as does her performance in it. RIP Emma :broken_heart:
- Jodie Marsh (@JodieMarsh) February 24, 2018
Emma passed away from natural causes on Wednesday evening her agency announced.
In a statement, her agency said: "Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many.
"At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected."
The actress won the British Comedy Award for best TV actress in 1998 for her role as Alice.
Topics: TV and Film