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.
Emma Chambers, the actress who played the delightfully ditzy Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibbly has died.
Known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, Doncaster-born Chambers also had roles in Notting Hill and a Martin Chuzzlewit adaptation.
Chambers died from natural causes on Wednesday evening and would be “greatly missed”, her agent John Grant said.
“Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work,” he added. . .
In 1998, she won the British Comedy Award for best TV actress for her performance.
Jon Plowman, executive producer of the series and former head of comedy at the BBC, described Chambers as “bright and clever”.
He said: “Emma was a gifted comic actress who made any part she played – no matter how ditzy or other worldly – look easy.” . .