We were so shocked and saddened to hear the very upsetting news that actress Emma Chambers suddenly passed away from a heart attack aged just 53. We loved Emma in so many TV programmes and films but we loved her most in The Vicar of Dibley where she starred alongside Dawn French as Alice Tinker, the lovable blonde scatterbrain!
Dawn French, 60, has recently described her late co-star as “bright, clever-witted and very sharp” saying that “I’ll miss her very much.”
She recalled a funny memory of the two on the set of The Vicar of Dibley. “I felt sorry for her when we had to do the scene with animals. She was allergic to everything.
“It was a nightmare day, and her whole face just ballooned up, but it was funny.”
Talking of the famous ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter’ scene, Dawn recalled how good Emma was at acting.
“She had to learn it a week beforehand, and do it again and again and again. But when it came to the day, she did it straight away, word perfectly.
"It’s a speech that if you don’t put the emphasis on the right word, the joke is lost, so she just was genius, absolutely genius, at it.”
Did you know Dawn French originally wanted to play the role of Alice Tinker before being persuaded the role of Geraldine would be best.
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