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Actors Dawn French and Hugh Grant have led tributes to their former co-star Emma Chambers, who has died aged 53.

Known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, Doncaster-born Chambers also had roles in Notting Hill and a Martin Chuzzlewit adaptation.

French, who starred in The Vicar of Dibley alongside Chambers for 13 years, paid tribute to a “Very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for”.

Chambers played the character of Alice Tinker, a village church verger, in The Vicar of Dibley between 1994 and 2007, with French in the title role.

Jon Plowman, executive producer of the series and former head of comedy at the BBC, described Chambers as “Bright and clever”.

Chambers would go over every line to make sure she got the rhythm and the tone of the lunatic she was playing, says Paul Mayhew-Archer, co-writer of the Vicar of Dibley.

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