The Vicar of Dibley star Emma Chambers dies aged 53

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British actress Emma Chambers has died at the age of 53, her agency has confirmed.

Best known for playing Alice Tinker in the BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley and Honey Thacker in the film Notting Hill, Emma Chambers has died at the age of 53.

Chambers’ agency confirmed the news on Saturday afternoon, saying the star died of natural causes and would be “greatly missed”.

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

Chambers was born in Doncaster, and during the early stages of her career she was casted for smaller parts in television.

In November 1994, Chambers played the role of Charity Pecksniff in the TV version of the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit.

From 1994 to 2007, the British actress played the role of Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley.

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

Broadcaster Emma Freud 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.”

Dawn French tweeted: “I was regularly humped like this by the unique & beautiful spark that was Emma Chambers. I never minded. I loved her. A lot .”

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