I always loved watching Emma Chambers playing Alice Tinker (below left; with Dawn French, below right, as Vicar Geraldine Granger) in the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley over the years when it was first broadcast and then in reruns long after that.
Whether Emma Chambers as Alice in The Vicar of Dibley was serving as comic foil to Vicar Geraldine (portrayed by Dawn French), or mooning after her hoped for husband Hugo (portrayed by James Fleet)–that culminated several years later into a kissing scene to end all kissing scenes, and an even more hilarious Alice and Hugo wedding (below, The Sun) –Alice always had a smile upon her face and goodness seared into her wacky and lovable being.
At first glance, the character of Alice might have seemed “a bit dim”–as in a dim lightbulb, as someone referred to Alice–for Alice’s monumentally funny ability to misunderstand people and situations. Alice’s not getting Vicar Geraldine’s jokes at the end of each episode were legendary.
But in my view, Alice’s character was infused with an innocence of good heartedness that was as joyful as she was humorous. And Emma as Alice was beloved by her fans and her acting colleagues.
Emma Chambers portrayed many vivid characters over the years of her long career. And in learning that “Emma Chambers has died at the young age of 53 last Wednesday, February 21, 2018“, her colleagues and friends have paid tribute to her gifts of love and laughter this past weekend. Here are two tributes from her The Vicar of Dibley colleagues:
From Dawn French (portrayed Vicar Geraldine):
From Richard Armitage (portrayed Vicar Geraldine’s fiance Harry Kennedy):
Emma Chambers will be much missed for her gift of giving joy to so many through her art and through her life. My deepest sympathies and thoughts are with her family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Hugs!