Tributes have poured in for TV comedy actress Bella Emberg, who has died aged 80.
The Brighton-born actress will be most known for her role as Blunder Woman in the 1980s TV programme The Russ Abbot Show.
The actress also had roles in Doctor Who, The Benny Hill Show and Pompidou, in a career spanning six decades.
Comedians Les Dennis, Paul Chuckle and Russ Abbot are among those who have paid tribute to the comedy actress.
Russ Abbot called her a ‘huge comedy talent’.
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’.
Paul Chuckle – of the Chuckle Brothers fame – wrote: ‘Just heard. RIP the lovely Bella Emberg. Funniest fairy ever with us @SheffieldLyceum Will miss you x’.
The actress had just finished filming for Sky One’s In The Long Run, created by and starring Idris Elba.
One of the show’s producers called her a ‘lovely and funny woman’.
Charlie Hanson wrote: ‘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’.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror in June 2017, she said the Blunder Woman role was both a blessing and a curse for her career.
She said: ‘Blunder Woman saved my career – and I still view her as a complete blessing.
‘(But) after it ended in 1996 I couldn’t get work. I went for jobs and they’d say: ‘We’d love to hire you but you’re too well known with Russ”.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to reps for Bella Emberg, Russ Abbot and Sky One for comment.
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