Emma Chambers

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Emma Chambers
Born Emma G. M. Chambers
(1964-03-11) 11 March 1964 (age 50)[1]
Doncaster, South Yorkshire,[1] England
Other names Nicola Chambers
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present

Emma G. Chambers (born 11 March 1964) is an English actress. Her work includes the role Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley and Honey Thacker in the film Notting Hill (1999).[2][dead link]

Early life[edit]

Chambers was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, where she went to school at St. Mary's. 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. Her sister is Sarah Doukas of Storm Model Management.[3]


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. In the same month she first played the role of Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley. Chambers appeared in all 24 episodes. In 1998 Chambers won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress for her performance. Her last outing as Alice was the Comic Relief Special in March 2007.

In 1998 Chambers took the role of Helen Yardley in the TV series How Do You Want Me?, and 1999, she appeared in the film Notting Hill, as Honey, the sister of Hugh Grant's character.

In 2000 she was cast as Martha Thompson in Take a Girl Like You, 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 in 1995. In 2003 she provided the voice of Spotty for two episodes in the TV series Little Robots. Her episodes were called "Spotty Rules" and "Spotty's Clean Machine".

She was in theatre for about 10 years before her major break in television. She has 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.

She currently lives with her husband and fellow actor Ian M. Dunn [4] in Lymington, Hampshire.



  1. ^ a b BFI biodata
  2. ^ "Emma Chambers: From dappy Alice to parasitic Sheila" The Independent (9 June 2002).
  3. ^ Victoria Lambert "It was either the actress or the cat", Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2002
  4. ^ "It was either the actress or the cat" The Daily Telegraph (22 July 2002).

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