Comic actress who blundered to success dies at 80

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2018

Abbot said the comedy actress, who starred with him as Blunderwoman on The Russ Abbot Show, was "a huge comedy talent" and "a woman of vast warmth and generosity".

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 most high-profile film role came in the Mel Brooks film, History of the World: Part I, with a cast that included Orson Welles.

Comedy actress Bella Emberg had been considering embarking on new projects just days before she died, her agent has revealed. Genuinely amusing but most of all, a woman of vast warmth and generosity.

He described Emberg, who appeared alongside him as Blunderwoman on The Russ Abbot Show, as "a huge comedy talent" and "a woman of enormous warmth and generosity".

Eastenders actress Fergison also hailed Emberg, describing her as "lovable and always an inspiration".

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

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

Paul Chuckle, star of the Chuckle Brothers, wrote online: "Just heard".

The actress and comedian Bella Emberg has died at the age of 80.

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

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.

"A genuinely nice woman and, despite her fierce on-stage characterisations, a truly gentle soul". I prefer to think of her as Wonderwoman to Blunderwoman.

In The Long Run, a semi-autobiographical comedy created by and starring Idris Elba, is set in mid-1980s Hackney. They say in showbiz you get seven years of fame, well I got 16 because of her.

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