Bella Emberg passed away at the age of 80.
The comedy actress was probably best known for her roles for in shows such as The Benny Hill Show, Doctor Who, and Z Cars.
She played Russ Abbot, Blunderwoman, the comic sidekick of Russ Abbot’s Cooperman in the 1980s.
In a June 2017 interview with the Daily Mirror she said: “Blunderwoman saved my career – and I still view her as a complete blessing.
“After it ended in 1996 I couldn’t get work. I went for jobs and they’d say: ‘We’d love to hire you but you’re too well known with Russ’.”
Abbot has led tributes counting himself”very lucky” to have been able to play alongside her.
Abbot, 70, said: “It is with a heavy heart that I heard the news about Bella. She was my leading lady throughout most of my career.
“She was not only a great sport but a huge comedy talent. A genuinely funny woman, but most of all a woman of immense warmth and generosity. I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her.
“She really was a one off. RIP Bella.”
So sad to lose the lovely Bella Emberg. A funny, lovely friend. Thoughts and love with Rosemary. Goodnight Sweetheart x pic.twitter.com/SNYQK92BmO
— Les Dennis (@LesDennis) January 13, 2018
RIP the glorious Bella Emberg, comic actress and long serving foil to Russ Abbot who has passed away aged 80. pic.twitter.com/WCLv51veex
— Kev Mc (@Kevmc13) January 12, 2018
Sad news. Goodbye to Bella Emberg. pic.twitter.com/6vrAAgsPef
— John Challis (@BeingBoycie) January 12, 2018
Rest in peace love. Thank you for the work we did together… you are brilliant and funny….Bella Emberg https://t.co/4LVUuYBRmm
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) January 13, 2018