Actress Emma Chambers, best known for her TV role portraying Alice Tinker in the BBC Comedy The Vicar of Dibley from 1994 to 2007 and the movie Notting Hill where she played Hugh Grant’s character’s quirky sister, passed away Wednesday at the age of 53.
“We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers,” said her agent John Grant. “Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected.”
Her Notting Hill co-star took to social media to mourn Chamber’s death writing, “Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.” James Dreyfus, who played Martin in Notting Hill, called Chambers “wonderful,” “talented,” and “unique,” writing, “RIP the wonderful and talented Emma Chambers. Unique,& unspeakably funny. Too young. Thoughts with her family. X
Read more tributes below.
Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) February 24, 2018
RIP the wonderful and talented Emma Chambers. Unique,& unspeakably funny. Too young. Thoughts with her family. X
— James Dreyfus (@DreyfusJames) 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
I was regularly humped like this by the unique & beautiful spark that was Emma Chambers. I never minded. I loved her. A lot . pic.twitter.com/imzkoyKja9
— Dawn French (@Dawn_French) February 24, 2018
— JONATHAN SOTHCOTT (@sothcott) February 24, 2018
RIP Emma Chambers, who made us laugh so much with her brilliant performance as Alice in The Vicar of Dibley. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dts86vBOwr
— BBC Comedy (@bbccomedy) February 24, 2018