Emma Chambers has died at the age of 53.
The actor is best remembered for playing the role of dim-witted verger and best friend to vicar Geraldine, Alice Tinker, in sitcom The Vicar Of Dibley. She passed away on Wednesday 21st February.
Her agent, John Grant, said in a statement today: "We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers.
"Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected."
Dawn French tweeted this evening:
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. pic.twitter.com/vLQcRcv2Ex— emma freud (@emmafreud) February 24, 2018
She is survived by her husband, fellow actor Ian Dunn.