Emma Chambers and Dawn French from The Victor of Dibley. Picture: BBC
Emma Chambers and Dawn French from The Victor of Dibley. Picture: BBC

Vicar of Dibley, Notting Hill star Emma Chambers dead at 53

EMMA Chambers, who was best known for her work on The Victor of Dibley and Notting Hill, has died aged 53.

Chambers played loveable Alice Tinker alongside Dawn French in the long-running sitcom The Vicar of Dibley.

Dawn French (r) with Emma Chambers in The Vicar of Dibley. Picture: Supplied
Dawn French (r) with Emma Chambers in The Vicar of Dibley. Picture: Supplied

She also captured international attention for her supporting role in the 1999 Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts comedy Notting Hill.

In the movie, she plays Honey, Hugh Grant's little sister and the romantic interest of Rhys Ifans' character Spike.

 

The Sun reports a statement from her agency said Chambers died from natural causes and that she would be "greatly missed".

"Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many," the statement said.

 

Emma Chambers played Honey Thacker in Notting Hill. Picture: Supplied
Emma Chambers played Honey Thacker in Notting Hill. Picture: Supplied

 

Hugh Grant led celebrity tributes to his former co-star.

"Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news," he tweeted.

 

James Dreyfus, who starred alongside Chambers in Notting Hill also paid tribute on Twitter.

He said: "RIP the wonderful and talented Emma Chambers. Unique & unspeakably funny. Too young. Thoughts with her family."

 

In 1998, she won the British Comedy Award for best TV actress for her performance in The Victor of Dibley.

She starred in the show from 1994 to 2007.

Julia Sawalha as Mercy Pecksniff (L) and Emma Chambers as Charity Pecksniff, in Martin Chuzzlewit. Picture: Supplied
Julia Sawalha as Mercy Pecksniff (L) and Emma Chambers as Charity Pecksniff, in Martin Chuzzlewit. Picture: Supplied

Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson recalled Chambers being "very funny".

"I'm sad about Emma Chambers. Knew her when she was a kid in Doncaster. She was very funny," he said.

 

Chambers is survived by her husband, fellow actor Ian Dunn.

She tied the knot in 1991 at a low-key ceremony in New Forest and described her marriage as 'glorious' in an interview in January this year.

Alice Tinker (Emma Chambers), Vicar Geraldine (Dawn French) and David Horton (Gary Waldhom) in The Vicar of Dibley. Picture: Supplied
Alice Tinker (Emma Chambers), Vicar Geraldine (Dawn French) and David Horton (Gary Waldhom) in The Vicar of Dibley. Picture: Supplied

"My wedding was very short. I was playing the lead in an Alan Ayckbourn play and was only given one day off," she told Hitberry magazine. "My sister, Sarah Doukas, is a model agent and one of her bookers made me a dress which cost £180. I still look at it in my wardrobe and think it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen."

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission

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