Comedy actress Bella Emberg dies

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Portslade star Bella Emberg has died at the age of 80, her agent said last night (Friday 12 January).

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.

Yet it was her stint as Blunderwoman, the comic sidekick of Abbot's Cooperman in the 1980s, that she will be best remembered.

'She was not only a great sport but a huge comedy talent.

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In a statement, Abbot, 70, said: "It is with a heavy heart that I heard the news about Bella".

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

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

Emberg was described by Russ Abbot, with whom she appeared on The Russ Abbot Show aas Blunderwoman, as a "a woman of enormous warmth and generosity". "I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her", he added. "She really was a one off".

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In a June 2017 interview with the Daily Mirror she said the role was a boost for her career, but the success of her character became a burden.

"We've been chums since appearing together in a Summer show with Russ Abbot at the Princess Theatre, Torquay in 1981".

Les Dennis said: "So sad to lose the lovely Bella Emberg".

Emberg had just finished filming a Sky One comedy called In the Long Run, which is the brainchild of the actor Idris Elba.

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