Emma Chambers R.I.P.


I used to watch The Vicar of Dibley regularly, though I can’t for the life of me think why now. Emma Chambers was a regular on the programme, playing the gormless Alice Tinker, with the kind of careful care that told you she was nothing like that in real life. She wasn’t conventionally attractive, but I’d have sat down to talk with her at any time, no matter how patient I’d have had to be with Alice’s dimwittery.

Her family has announced that she’s died at the age of 53, of natural causes. That usually means cancer, though very few people nowadays feel the need to keep that quiet. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is that age, which is so wrong and unfair, to her and those who she loved and who loved her. She played someone sweet in nature, and looked as if that was a side of the character she didn’t need acting skills to bring out.

Such a shame.

5 thoughts on “Emma Chambers R.I.P.

  1. Two years older than my better half,coincidentally would have been the same age now with her birthday on Tuesday..Her attitude to “being dealt a bad hand” was being dealt a very good one too.Rather than a shame of a far too short a life I prefer the gratitude of sharing the years I had with her,which will sustain,not least as an exemplar of how to live and die until it’s my time.

  2. I’m sorry to hear of that Adrian, and I admire both your attitude and that of your better half. In the end, we have to accept what we have, and be thankful for the treasure of having had it at all. But in my life I’ve always known that Love is greedy, and nothing is ever enough. I don’t know what you believe about a life beyond this one: if it exists, a day will come again. I wish you what sustains you most.

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