Comedy actress Bella Emberg dies

Russ Abott and Bella Emberg in 1991

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

Emberg's many other roles across her six decade TV career included parts in sitcoms such as Father, Dear Father, George & Mildred and A Sharp Intake Of Breath.

She had recently finished filming a new comedy for Sky One, called In the Long Run, and created by Idris Elba, star of Luther and The Wire.

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

Russ Abbot has led the tributes today, saying: "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".

But she will be most remembered for her spoof superhero character in a comedic partnership with Russ Abbot as "Cooperman & Blunderwoman".

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

Les Dennis, who worked with Bella on The Les Dennis Laughter Show in the late 1980s, wrote: "So sad to lose the lovely Bella Emberg".

Speaking past year in an interview with The Mirror, Emberg recalled trying on the Blunder Woman costume for the first time.

Abbot and Emberg appeared alongside each other on The Russ Abbot show. I prefer to think of her as Wonderwoman to Blunderwoman.

"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.

Charlie Hanson, one of the producers on the series, said Emberg was a "lovely and amusing woman" and a "brilliant" actress.



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