Comedy actor Bella Emberg dies aged 80

Russ Abott and Bella Emberg in 1991

Russ Abott and Bella Emberg in 1991

BRITISH comedy star Bella Emberg, who was best known for her role as Blunderwoman, has died at the age of 80.

Dennis, who appeared on The Russ Abbot Show, shared a picture of himself with Emberg on Twitter, saying he was "so sad" to lose a "funny, lovely friend".

Emberg starred as Blunder Woman alongside the titular host of the show, who played the ill-fated superhero Cooperman.

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

Her agent confirmed her to death to the BBC tonight, adding that she would be "greatly missed".

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

During her 60 year career, Emberg appeared in several classic programmes including The Benny Hill Show, Doctor Who and Z Cars.

Abbot and Emberg appeared alongside each other on The Russ Abbot show. I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her.

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

One of the series' producers, Charlie Hanson, said Emberg was a "lovely and amusing woman" and a "brilliant" actress.

She had recently finished filming a new comedy for Sky One, called In the Long Run, and created by Idris Elba, star of Luther and The Wire. Thoughts and love with Rosemary.

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