Tributes have poured in for TV comedy singer Bella Emberg, who has died aged 80.
The Brighton-born singer will be many famous for her role as Blunder Woman in the 1980s TV programme The Russ Abbot Show.
The singer also had roles in Doctor Who, The Benny Hill Show and Pompidou, in a career travelling 6 decades.
Comedians Les Dennis, Paul Chuckle and Russ Abbot are among those who have paid reverence to the comedy actress.
Russ Abbot called her a ‘huge comedy talent’.
He said: ‘It is with a complicated heart that we listened the news about Bella. She was my heading lady via many of my career.
‘I prefer to consider of her as Wonderwoman to Blunderwoman. She was not only a good competition but a outrageous comedy talent.
‘A honestly humorous woman, but many of all a lady of measureless regard and generosity.
‘I count myself very propitious to have worked alongside her. 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 unhappy to remove the lovely Bella Emberg. A funny, lovely friend. Thoughts and adore with Rosemary. Goodnight Sweetheart x’.
So unhappy to remove the lovely Bella Emberg. A funny, lovely friend. Thoughts and adore with Rosemary. Goodnight Sweetheart x pic.twitter.com/SNYQK92BmO
— Les Dennis (@LesDennis) Jan 13, 2018
Paul Chuckle – of the Chuckle Brothers celebrity – wrote: ‘Just heard. RIP the lovely Bella Emberg. Funniest angel ever with us @SheffieldLyceum Will skip you x’.
Just heard. RIP the lovely Bella Emberg. Funniest angel ever with us @SheffieldLyceum Will skip you x pic.twitter.com/SRVAfoRtiF
— Paul Chuckle (@PaulChuckle2) Jan 12, 2018
The singer had just finished filming for Sky One’s In The Long Run, combined by and starring Idris Elba.
One of the show’s producers called her a ‘lovely and humorous woman’.
Charlie Hanson wrote: ‘So sad. She filmed with us before Christmas and is shining in @idriselba new series #InTheLongRun Such a lovely and humorous woman, operative right compartment the end. RIP Bella’.
Sad news this evening, Bella Emberg who seemed in many classical programmes including the Russ Abbot show, has died aged 80. The news was reliable by her agent #RIPBella pic.twitter.com/Qn6lXFuHtt
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) Jan 12, 2018
A Wonderful gifted lady has been taken by the angels … Bella Emberg .. humorous friendly and always an impulse … it was a pleasure to have met you ❤️… You will be missed me lady xxx
— Cheryl Fergison (@cherylfergison1) Jan 13, 2018
In an talk with the Daily Mirror in Jun 2017, she pronounced the Blunder Woman role was both a blessing and a abuse for her career.
She said: ‘Blunder Woman saved my career – and we still perspective her as a finish blessing.
‘(But) after it finished in 1996 we couldn’t get work. we went for jobs and they’d say: ‘We’d adore to sinecure you but you’re too good famous with Russ”.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to reps for Bella Emberg, Russ Abbot and Sky One for comment.