Dawn French ‘still reeling’ from Emma Chambers’ death

Dawn French is “still reeling” from the sudden death of her The Vicar Of Dibley co-star Emma Chambers in February (18).
The 53-year-old actress passed away on 21 February from natural causes. Dawn worked closely with Emma on the TV comedy, playing the vicar Geraldine Granger to Emma’s hapless village church verger Alice Tinker, and admitted during an interview on U.K. TV show Lorraine on Tuesday (17Apr18) that she’s still struggling to come to terms with her friend’s passing.
“This has been a very shocking and sad loss,” Dawn said as she appeared on the show via video link from Cornwall. “Far too young. We’re all still reeling. My memories of working with her are my favourite memories of my career.”
Of Emma’s portrayal of Alice, whose inability to understand any of Geraldine’s jokes closed out each episode of the programme, Dawn added: “She was very bright, very knowing, but she played someone in a different world. She wasn’t a simpleton, she was someone in a different world.”
Dawn is known for her comedic talents, thanks to the part she plays in duo French and Saunders. And when it comes to Emma’s acting skills, she praised the late star for being able to play the clown so perfectly.
“I have to tell you, to play a clown, in a way, it takes a lot of hard work and you have to play things very particularly,” she said.
Dawn also paid tribute to Emma on Twitter in the wake of her shocking death, sharing a snap from the set which showed Emma laid on top of the comedienne. “I was regularly humped like this by the unique & beautiful spark that was Emma Chambers. I never minded. I loved her. A lot,” she wrote.