Emma Chambers

Emma Chambers

Emma G. M. Chambers (11 March 1964 – 21 February 2018) was an English actress. She was known for playing the role of Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley and Honey Thacker in the film Notting Hill (1999).

Early Life

Chambers was born on 11 March 1964, in Doncaster. She attended St. Mary’s School and her secondary education was at St Swithun’s School, Winchester, Hampshire. She then trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in the 1980s, where she was a classmate of actor Ross Kemp.


After taking some smaller parts on television productions such as The Bill, in November 1994 Chambers played the role of Charity Pecksniff in the TV serialisation of the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit. From 1994 to 2007, she played the role of Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley. Chambers appeared in all 20 episodes and four Comic Relief specials until 2007. She did not appear in two later Comic Relief specials, in 2013 and 2015. In 1998, Chambers won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Chambers took the role of Helen Yardley in the TV series How Do You Want Me? (1998) and appeared in the film Notting Hill (1999), as Honey, the younger sister of Hugh Grant’s character. She was cast as Martha Thompson in Take a Girl Like You (2000), a made for TV drama based on the Kingsley Amis novel and a remake of the 1970 film.

Chambers worked as a voice performer in the animated made-for-TV film The Wind in the Willows (1995) and provided the voice of Spotty for two episodes in the Cbeebies series Little Robots (2003).

She was in theatre for about 10 years before her major break in television. She appeared in a number of stage productions including Tartuffe and Invisible Friends. In 2002, she toured with the Michael Frayn play, Benefactors, where she starred opposite Neil Pearson.

Personal life and Death

As of 2002, she lived with her husband, fellow actor Ian M. Dunn, in Lymington, Hampshire. Before their marriage, she lodged with Ian McKellen, whom she regarded as “a sort of father figure”.

Chambers died on 21 February 2018 of natural causes.


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