February 25, 2018

Bella Emberg dies - Russ Abbot pays tribute to 'comedy talent'

13 January 2018, 01:21 | Elsie Buchanan

Bella Emberg dies - Russ Abbot pays tribute to 'comedy talent'

Russ Abott and Bella Emberg in 1991

Tributes have poured in for British actress Bella Emberg, who passed away yesterday aged 80.

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".

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".

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

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He said: "It is with a heavy heart that I heard the news about Bella".

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.

She was "a woman of enormous warmth and generosity", Abbot said. A genuinely amusing woman, I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her. has reached out to reps for Bella Emberg and Sky One for comment.

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She said: "Blunderwoman saved my career - and I still view her as a complete blessing". A amusing, lovely friend.

Abbot joined former co-star Les Dennis and other prominent personalities including Paul Chuckle and Cheryl Fergison to pay tribute to the legendary actress. Thoughts and love with Rosemary.

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

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

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Emberg appeared on The Benny Hill Show, The Lily Savage Show and Doctor Who in her long career, but she will probably be best remembered for her character Blunder Woman to Abbot's hapless superhero Cooperman in the 1980s.

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