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Comic actress who blundered to success dies at 80

Comic actress who blundered to success dies at 80

Among the tributes, pianist Bobby Crush said: "Such sad news ... my wonderful friend Bella Emberg has passed away".

Abbot paid tribute to Emberg as news of her passing broke, lauding the actress as "a woman of huge warmth and generosity".

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

"She really was a one off. RIP Bella".

The "huge comedy talent" is most fondly remembered for her character Blunder Woman, the comic sidekick of hapless superhero Cooperman, in the 1980s television programme The Russ Abbot Show.

Emberg's most memorable film role came in Mel Brooks' 1981 cult classic History of the World: Part I, alongside starry names such as Spike Milligan, Sid Caesar, John Hurt, Jackie Mason and Orson Welles.

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

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.

In an interview past year, she admitted despite the plaudits that came with the job, it also became a burden. I prefer to think of her as Wonderwoman to Blunderwoman.

"After it ended in 1996 I couldn't get work".

"I went for jobs and they'd say: 'We'd love to hire you but you're too well known with Russ, '" she told the publication.

Emberg had just completed filming on new Sky One comedy In the Long Run, created by Idris Elba, and due to be released later this year.


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