Bella Emberg, beloved star of iconic TV sketch series The Russ Abbot Show and The Benny Hill Show, has died at age 80.
Her agent confirmed her passing on Friday night (January 12), telling BBC News that the actress will be "greatly missed" by her loved ones and by all of her fans from all over the world.
Emberg - real name Sybil Dyke - is perhaps best known for her hilarious comedy character Blunderwoman, who foiled crooks alongside Cooperman on The Russ Abbot Show throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s.
The comedy star was also a regular for more than a decade on another landmark British comedy series, the anarchic Benny Hill Show.
Emberg's long and illustrious career stretched all the way back to the early era of British 1960s television, and over the years she wracked up memorable appearances in Doctor Who, Z Cars, Father Brown, The Tomorrow People and even Grange Hill.
Her most memorable film role came in director Mel Brooks's cult classic History of the World: Part I, alongside fellow comedy greats Madeline Kahn, Sid Caesar, Harvey Korman and screen icon Orson Welles.
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
Among those remembering her tonight was her close friend Les Dennis, who tweeted: "So sad to lose the lovely Bella Emberg. A funny, lovely friend. Thoughts and love with Rosemary. Goodnight Sweetheart."
Paul Chuckle, of the Chuckle Brothers, also paid tribute, writing: "Just heard. RIP the lovely Bella Emberg. Funniest fairy ever with us Will miss you."
Her final screen appearance will be opposite Bill Bailey in Sky One's upcoming sitcom In the Long Run, a semi-autobiographical comedy series created by Luther star Idris Elba.
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