Emma Chambers, the actress known for the film Notting Hill and the hit television program The Vicar of Dibley, has died.
She was 53 years old at the time of her death. She died last Wednesday, which was the 21st of February. In a statement, her agent confirmed the actress’ death, saying that Ms. Chambers died of “natural causes”. He asked people to respect the privacy of her family and her loved ones,
The agent’s statement said that Chambers created not only a “wealth of characters”, but also an “immense body of work”. The agent added that Chambers brought laughter and joy and will also be “greatly missed”.
Chambers was married to Ian Dunn, who is also an actor. She married him in 1991. Dunn is known for appearing in shows like Coronation Street, EastEnders, and Holby City.
She made her television debut on The Bill, but she ended up becoming a household name due to her portrayal of Alice in the hit sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. She played that role from 1994 to 2007. In 1998, her portrayal of Alice earned her a British Comedy Award for Best TV Actress.
In the feature film Notting Hill, which starred Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, Chambers portrayed Honey Thacker, Grant’s character’s very eccentric younger sister.
Naturally, fans are using social media to pay tribute to the beloved actress.
Absolutely stunned and saddened to hear that Emma Chambers has died at only 53.
She was best known for playing Alice in The Vicar Of Dibley.
She was fantastic. Such a shame ☹️ pic.twitter.com/TKjvvZMEqD
— Oliver (@oliverWwestwood) February 24, 2018
Sad news, actress Emma Chambers, best known for The Vicar of Dibley and Notting Hill, has died at 53 her agency has confirmed pic.twitter.com/fcjQrCPtQU
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) February 24, 2018
So sad to hearing of the passing of Emma Chambers. Great memories of her in Vicar of Dibley as Alice. pic.twitter.com/46oanFwVTt
— Jono Read (@jonoread) 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
Actress Dawn French, who starred with Chambers on The Vicar of Dibley for 13 years, called Chambers a loyal and loving friend and a “very bright spark”, adding that she will miss her very much.
Actor Hugh Grant addressed the death of his former Notting Hill co-star, saying that Chambers brought “joy and laughter” to many. In a tweet, he called her “hilarious” and a “very warm person”.
On The Vicar of Dibley, the show which made her so famous, Chambers played a character named Alice Tinker, who was a verger for the village church. During the course of the show, Alice ends up marrying Hugo, her second cousin once removed.
The Vicar of Dibley initially ran from 1994 to 1998, and then there were several winter specials that were aired in the early 2000’s.
The show’s executive producer and the former head of comedy for the BBC said that Chambers was “bright” and “clever”. He added that she was a brilliant comedic actress who could make any part she was playing “look easy”—no matter how ditzy or “other worldly” the part was.
One of the writers of The Vicar of Dibley, Paul Mayhew-Archer, said that Chambers would go over every line of a script in order to make sure that she got the tone and the rhythm of the “lunatic” she was portraying.
In an interview with BBC radio, Mayhew-Archer said that while most comedy series have an idiot, Chambers was able to make her character into a “completely unique” and “very special” idiot.
Chambers and French, he said, were a joy because they never went wrong, so you’d end up with wonderful first takes. The original energy ended up on the screen, he said, calling it all “a joy”.
Chambers was born in Doncaster on March 11, 1964. After her secondary education, she would go on to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. One of her classmates at the academy was actor and author Ross Kemp, who is widely known for portraying Grant Mitchell on the soap opera EastEnders.
She was close with Ian McKellen, who she considered something of a father figure.
Before making it big on television, she spent about a decade doing theatre. She appeared in many stage productions, including Invisible Friends and Tartuffe. She also toured with the play Benefactors.
In addition to playing Alice on television, Chambers also starred in the television serialization of Martin Chuzzlewit, which is novel written by Charles Dickens. Chambers portrayed the character Charity Pecksniff.
She also starred as Helen Yardley in the television sitcom How Do You Want Me as well as the series Take A Girl Like You.
Chambers was also a voice actor. She provided voices for the animated film Wind In The Willows and also for Cheebies. She also voiced a character for a couple episodes of Little Robots.