Tributes have poured in for comedy actress Bella Emberg following news of her death, aged 80, with comedian Russ Abbot and actor Les Dennis among those who praised the late star.
The Brighton-born actress is most known for her role as Blunder Woman in the 1980s TV programme The Russ Abbot Show.
In a statement issued to the Press Association, Abbot described his former co-star as “a huge comedy talent” and “a woman of immense warmth and generosity”.
He said: “It is with a heavy heart that I heard the news about Bella. She was my leading lady throughout most of my career. I prefer to think of her as Wonderwoman to Blunderwoman.
“She was not only a great sport but a huge comedy talent. A genuinely funny woman, but most of all a woman of immense warmth and generosity. I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her. She really was a one off. RIP Bella.”
Les Dennis, who worked with Bella on The Les Dennis Laughter Show in the late 1980s, wrote: “So sad to lose the lovely Bella Emberg. A funny, lovely friend. Thoughts and love with Rosemary. Goodnight Sweetheart x”.
So sad to lose the lovely Bella Emberg. A funny, lovely friend. Thoughts and love with Rosemary. Goodnight Sweetheart x pic.twitter.com/SNYQK92BmO
— Les Dennis (@LesDennis) January 13, 2018
Paul Chuckle, star of the Chuckle Brothers, wrote online: “Just heard. RIP the lovely Bella Emberg. Funniest fairy ever with us @SheffieldLyceum Will miss you x”.
Just heard. RIP the lovely Bella Emberg. Funniest fairy ever with us @SheffieldLyceum Will miss you x pic.twitter.com/SRVAfoRtiF
— Paul Chuckle (@PaulChuckle2) January 12, 2018
Emberg had just finished filming for Sky One’s In The Long Run, created by and starring Idris Elba. Charlie Hanson, one of the producers on the series, said Emberg was a ‘lovely and funny woman’ and a ‘brilliant’ actress.
So sad. She filmed with us before Christmas and is brilliant in @idriselba new series #InTheLongRun Such a lovely and funny woman, working right till the end. RIP Bella https://t.co/tIeiEylfdY
— Charlie Hanson (@charlietantrum) January 13, 2018
Emberg also had roles in Doctor Who, The Benny Hill Show and Pompidou, in a career spanning six decades.
Such sad news … my wonderful friend Bella Emberg has passed away. We’ve been chums since appearing together in a Summer show with Russ Abbot at the Princess Theatre, Torquay in 1981. A genuinely nice woman and despite her fierce on-stage characterisations, a truly gentle soul.
— Bobby Crush (@theBobbyCrush) January 12, 2018