At 53! That’s young. Emma Chambers, the actress who played Hugh Grant’s wacky sister Honey in 1999’s Notting Hill, has passed away. Again, she was only 53. Emma’s agent John Grant said that Emma died of “natural causes” in a statement to Deadline.
“We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers,” said Grant. “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. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected.”
One of Hugh Grant’s most popular films, Notting Hill featured Emma as the scene-stealing sister who made Hugh’s tight-assed character marginally interesting. Rhys Ifans shaggy hippie characer also grabbed the spotlight from Hugh, too, and the film-makers wisely put them together by the end of the movie.
Hugh tweeted about his co-star’s passing:
Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) February 24, 2018
Emma also starred on the long-running series The Vicar of Dibley with beloved British comedian/actress Dawn French from 1994 to 2007.
The only reason to not like Emma’s character in Notting Hill was shared by ALL of the characters. Remember that scene at the dinner party where they decide who gets the last brownie by telling their saddest stories? And Julia Roberts wins because she plays herself as a globally famous actress? Honestly, her tragedy was that she was rich and famous. She was sitting next to a woman sitting in a WHEELCHAIR who fell down her stairs and was rendered PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN. And she won the brownie. Emma should have demanded that her character stood up and said “You silly bint, you’re rich and she’s never going to walk again! GIVE HER THE BLEEDIN’ BROWNIE.”
Rest in peace, Emma.