Over the weekend, the devastating news that Vicar of Dibley star Emma Chambers had died aged 53 was announced.
The popular star made her name in a collection of much-loved films, including Notting Hill, where she played the quirky but loveable eccentric Honey.
And now, it’s been suggested that the actress died of a suspected heart attack, according to BBC executive Producer Jon Plowman.
Jon, who produced The Vicar of Dibley, said live on BBC Radio 4, “It’s no age to have a heart attack, as I understand it.”
He continued to pay tribute to the actress, saying, “Emma was a gifted comic actress who made any part she played look easy. She was adored by the cast and crew.”
Over the weekend, her agent confirmed the news of her death from natural causes. John Grant said, “We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress, Emma Chambers.”
Emma, who was famously private about her personal life, leaves behind her husband of almost 30 years, Ian Dunn.
Emma was of course best known for her role as the hilarious Alice Tinker in BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley, which she played for over 13 years alongside Dawn French.
She also won acclaim for her role as Honey in the 1999 rom-com Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. She played the role of Hugh’s younger sister, and was also the love interest for Rhys Ifans’ character Spike.
Many of her famous co-stars have paid tribute to the star following her death, including Dawn French and Hugh.
Posting to her Twitter account, Dawn admitted she loved her Vicar of Dibley co-star, “a lot”.
She said, “I was regularly humped like this by the unique & beautiful spark that was Emma Chambers. I never minded. I loved her. A lot.”
Hugh Grant also posted to his official Twitter account. He said, “Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.”
Emma Freud also paid tribute to the much-loved star on social media. Emma is married to Richard Curtis, who wrote both The Vicar of Dibley and Notting Hill.
She said, ‘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.’
Our thoughts are with Emma’s family at this sad time.