Actress and comedian Bella Emberg has died, aged 80

Emberg is best known for her role as Blunder Woman on the 1980s sketch series 'The Russ Abbot Show'

The actress and comedian Bella Emberg has died at the age of 80.

Emberg, who was born in Brighton, enjoyed a 60-year career in the entertainment industry, and was arguably best-known for her role as Blunder Woman on the 1980s sketch series The Russ Abbot Show.

Emberg starred as Blunder Woman alongside the titular host of the show, who played the ill-fated superhero Cooperman.

Abbot paid tribute to Emberg as news of her passing broke, lauding the actress as “a woman of immense warmth and generosity”.

“She was not only a great sport but a huge comedy talent. I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her,” he added. “She really was a one-off.”

As well as The Russ Abbot Show, Emberg also starred in Doctor Who, The Benny Hill Show and Z Cars, while she also made an appearance in the Mel Brooks film History of the World, Part I in 1981.

Tributes to Emberg have been published on social media since news of her death broke last night (January 12) – check out a selection below.

Emberg had recently finished filming her part on the new Sky One comedy In The Long Run, which has been created by Idris Elba and is due to premiere later this year.