16 September 1937
|Died||12 January 2018 (aged 80)|
Early life and career
She appeared in TV series such as The Benny Hill Show, Robin's Nest, Softly, Softly, Z Cars, Bear Behaving Badly and Grange Hill. Her best-known role was in The Russ Abbot Show, where she played superheroine Blunderwoman alongside Abbot's Cooperman character. The show ran from 1980 to 1996, and at its peak attracted 18 million viewers.
Emberg also starred in Mel Brooks' film History of the World, Part I (1981). She made a guest appearance in the revived version of The Basil Brush Show in 2006, and also featured in Doctor Who three times. In 1965 she had an uncredited appearance in Undermind, (non-speaking) and other uncredited roles in the 1970s Third Doctor serials Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Time Warrior.
Prior to her death, she completed filming for In the Long Run, a Sky One comedy created by Idris Elba, due to be broadcast in April 2018. Emberg's housemate found her collapsed at their home in London's Raynes Park on 12 January 2018, aged 80. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate her and she was found to have died from alcohol toxicity.
|1965||Undermind||Volunteer at Flu Research Centre: "Waves of Sound" Episode||ABC Television|
|1970||Morning Story||Mrs Shaw||BBC television film|
|1978||Sammy's Super T-Shirt||Woman at door||Uncredited|
|1981||History of the World, Part I||Baguette||(The French Revolution)|
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A post mortem examination by Dr Athanasis Vargiamidou found [Emberg] died from "alcohol toxicity". [...] Assistant Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: [...] "There is nothing in her medical notes to suggest she was a heavy drinker, police found no evidence of chronic alcohol misuse.