Comic actress who blundered to success dies at 80

Comic actress who blundered to success dies at 80”

Comedian Russ Abbot has paid tribute to Bella Emberg, who has died aged 80.

In a statement issued to the Press Association, Abbot described his former co-star as "a huge comedy talent" and "a woman of enormous warmth and generosity".

The comedian joined former co-star Les Dennis and personalities including Paul Chuckle and Cheryl Fergison to pay tribute to the veteran actress.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror a year ago, Emberg insisted the Blunder Woman character had been a blessing, not a curse, despite meaning that when the show finished in 1996 she could not get work.

Friend and pianist Bobby Crush said: "Such sad wonderful friend Bella Emberg has passed away".

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.

"A genuinely amusing woman but most of all a woman of enormous warmth and generosity".

She said: 'Blunderwoman saved my career - and I still view her as a complete blessing.

Russ Abbot, 70, was reported to have told the Press Association: "She was not only a great sport but a huge comedy talent. I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her", Abbot added. "She really was a one off". Thoughts and love with Rosemary. RIP the lovely Bella Emberg.

Emberg was a favourite on the Benny Hill Show and also appeared in Softly, Softly and its successor Z Cars, as well as Grange Hill.

Emberg had just finished filming a Sky One comedy called In the Long Run, which is the brainchild of the actor Idris Elba.

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