If you’d asked me who Emma Chambers was I couldn’t have told you.
She’d made me laugh as she played Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley and Honey Thacker in Notting Hill, but I knew nothing of the actress behind the character.
Only now she’s died, aged just 53, have I learned her name.
Can you be sad about the death of someone you never knew?
Yes, at the very least in sympathy, and even empathy, for those who did know and lover her.
And I can be grateful too for her comedic talent and the gift of laughter.