Portslade star Bella Emberg has died at the age of 80, her agent said last night (Friday 12 January).
Emberg also had roles in Doctor Who, The Benny Hill Show and Pompidou, in a career spanning six decades. Shw was best known for playing Blunderwoman, the sidekick of Russ Abbot's Abbot's Cooperman in the Eighties.
Friend and pianist Bobby Crush said: "Such sad news.my wonderful friend Bella Emberg has passed away".
Emberg was born and bred in Portslade and developed her interest in acting from the cheap seats at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. She was not only a great sport but a huge comedy talent.
Abbot described the comedy actress, who appeared alongside him as Blunderwoman on The Russ Abbot Show, as "a huge comedy talent" and "a woman of vast warmth and generosity".
Abbot and Emberg appeared alongside each other on The Russ Abbot show.
"A genuinely nice woman and despite her fierce on-stage characterisations, a truly gentle soul".
"A genuinely amusing woman but most of all a woman of enormous warmth and generosity".
Emberg had just completed filming on new Sky One comedy In the Long Run, created by Idris Elba, and due to be released later this year. I count myself very lucky to have worked alongside her. A amusing, lovely friend.
One of the series' producers, Charlie Hanson, said Emberg was a "lovely and amusing woman" and a "brilliant" actress.