Comedy actor Bella Emberg dies aged 80

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

Among the tributes, pianist Bobby Crush said: "Such sad news ... my wonderful friend Bella Emberg has passed away".

Abbot called her "a woman of vast warmth and generosity".

He adde: 'She was not only a great sport but a huge comedy talent.

Emberg found fame in the 1980s, appearing in a host of iconic television shows ranging from Doctor Who the Lily Savage Show.

She appeared in the all-star cast of the Mel Brooks film, History of the World: Part I, while more latterly she worked with Matt Luca on his wordless show Pompidou.

Paul Chuckle, star of the Chuckle Brothers, wrote online: "Just heard". I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her.

'She really was a one off. RIP Bella'.


Eastenders actress Fergison also hailed Emberg, describing her as "lovable and always an inspiration".

In a TV career spanning six decades, she appeared in many classic shows including The Basil Brush Show, Z Cars, Father Brown, The Tomorrow People and Grange Hill.

In a June 2017 interview with the Daily Mirror she said the role was a boost for her career, but the success of her character became a burden. I prefer to think of her as Wonderwoman to Blunderwoman.

"I went for jobs and they'd say: 'We'd love to hire you but you're too well known with Russ, '" she told the publication.

She had recently finished filming a new comedy for Sky One, called In the Long Run, and created by Idris Elba, star of Luther and The Wire.

Charlie Hanson, one of the producers on the series, said Emberg was a "lovely and amusing woman" and a "brilliant" actress.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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