Emma Chambers, best known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, has died aged 53, it was announced on Saturday.
Dawn French, the star of The Vicar of Dibley, described her as “a unique and beautiful spark”.
Her agent said Chambers died of natural causes on Wednesday evening, and said the actor “brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed”. She is survived by her husband Ian Dunn, who is also an actor.
Broadcaster Emma Freud, who was friends with Chambers, tweeted: “We’re very, very sad. She was a great, great comedy performer, and a truly fine actress. And a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being.
“How could you not love this girl,” she added, posting a video of her work.
French posted a humorous photograph of herself and Chambers on Twitter and said that she loved her a lot.
Chambers also appeared in the 1999 film Notting Hill as Hugh Grant’s younger sister, Honey, and the actor reacted to the news, tweeting that she was “a hilarious and very warm person”.
Her agent, John Grant, said: “We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers.
“Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed.”
Grant added: “At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected.”