British actress Emma Chambers has died aged 53, her agent has confirmed.
The actress was best known for playing Alice Tinker in BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley opposite Dawn French.
A statement from her agent John Grant confirmed the actress died of natural causes on Wednesday evening (Feb 21).
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.
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
Friends of the star have already paid tribute on Twitter. Emma Freud, wife of The Vicar of Dibley’s creator Richard Curtis, tweeted:
“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.”
James Dreyfus, who starred in Notting Hill alongside the star also tweeted a tribute.
He said, “RIP the wonderful and talented Emma Chambers. Unique & unspeakably funny. Too young. Thoughts with her family.”
RIP the wonderful and talented Emma Chambers. Unique,& unspeakably funny. Too young. Thoughts with her family. X
— James Dreyfus (@DreyfusJames) February 24, 2018
The film’s producer, Richard Shotcroft, also tweeted his respects: “RIP the wonderful Emma Chambers – best known for The Vicar of Dibley but also stole every scene in Notting Hill. Only 53.”
Chambers played the role of Alice Tinker, the village church verger, between 1994 and 2007 opposite Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley. In 1998, she won Best TV Actress at The British Comedy awards for her performance.
— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) February 24, 2018
Born in Doncaster, Chambers starred in Notting Hill as Honey, the little sister of Hugh Grant’s character William Thacker.
The actress also starred in 1994 TV adaptation of Charles Dickins’ Martin Chuzzlewit, in which she played Charity Pecksniff.