Dawn French pays tribute to Vicar of Dibley co-star Emma Chambers

Chambers died on Wednesday, aged 53, her agent has confirmed

Dawn French has paid tribute to her Vicar of Dibley co-star Emma Chambers after news of the actresses’ death was made public.

Chambers’ agent confirmed the star passed away on Wednesday (21 Feb.)

French, who starred alongside Chambers in BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley, has spoken out to praise her former co-star.

In a statement to the Press Association, French said: “Emma was a very bright spark and the most loyal & loving friend anyone could wish for.

“I will miss her very much.”

The star, 60, also took to Twitter to pay her respects as she referenced their character’s playful relationship in The Vicar of Dibley.

Sharing a picture of Chambers’ character, Alice, lying on top of her own character Geraldine, French wrote: “I was regularly humped like this by the unique & beautiful spark that was Emma Chambers. I never minded. I loved her. A lot.”

Born in Doncaster, Chambers played the role of Alice Tinker, the village church verger, between 1994 and 2007. In 1998, she won Best TV Actress at The British Comedy awards for her performance.

Hugh Grant also paid respects to the late star on Twitter.

The 57-year-old tweeted: “Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.”

Chambers starred alongside Grant in 1999 film Notting Hill as Honey, the little sister of his character William Thacker.

Other stars, including Jeremy Clarkson, James Dreyfus and Emma Freud have also shared tributes to the late star.

Chambers’ manager John Grant confirmed the star died of natural causes earlier this week at the age of 53.

He said: “Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many”.

The actress is survived by her husband and fellow actor, Ian Dunn.