'Notting Hill' actress Emma Chambers dies at 53

British actress Emma Chambers has died of natural causes at the age of 53. (AP file photo)

LONDON: British actress Emma Chambers, known for her roles in the romantic comedy "Notting Hill'' and "The Vicar of Dibley'' television series has died at 53.

Her agent John Grant said on Saturday that Chambers had died of natural causes on Wednesday evening.

"Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed,'' he said.

Actor Hugh Grant, part of the "Notting Hill'' cast, called Chambers "a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress.''

Chambers was well known in Britain for her role as Alice Tinker in the long-running "The Vicar of Dibley'' comedy. Dawn French, who co-starred with Chambers in the popular show, told Britain's Press Association she will miss Chambers very much.

"Emma was a very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for,'' French said.

Chambers also had a long career in a variety of television and film roles.

Emma Freud, the wife of "The Vicar Of Dibley'' creator Richard Curtis, said on Twitter that Chambers had been a "beautiful friend.''

"We're very very sad. She was a great, great comedy performer, and a truly fine actress. And a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being,'' Freud tweeted.

Chambers was born in Doncaster, 275 kilometres north of London and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

She is survived by her husband Ian Dunn.

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