Emma Chambers

For the Hollyoaks character, see Emma Chambers (Hollyoaks).
Emma Chambers
Born Emma G. M. Chambers
(1964-03-11) 11 March 1964[1]
Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire,[1] England
Other names Nicola Chambers
Occupation Actress
Years active 19882007
Known for Role of Alice Tinker
Notable work Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley
Television The Vicar of Dibley (19942007)
Spouse(s) Ian Dunn (m. 1991)

Emma G. M. Chambers (born 11 March 1964) is an English actress. She is best known for playing the role of Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley and Honey Thacker in the film Notting Hill.[2]

Early life

Chambers was born in Doncaster, 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.

From 1994 to 2007 she played the role of Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley. Chambers appeared in all 20 episodes and four Comic Relief specials until 2007. She did not appear in the two most recent Comic Relief specials, in 2013 and 2015. In 1998, Chambers won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

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.


Year Title Type Role Notes
1988 The Rainbow TV Margaret 2 Episodes, Episodes Titled: "The Widening Circle" and "The Darkness of Paradise"
1990 The Bill TV Marie Summers 2 Episodes, Episodes Titled: "A Case to Answer" and "The Night Watch"
1994 Martin Chuzzlewit TV Charity Pecksniff Regular Role, 6 Episodes
19942007 The Vicar of Dibley TV Alice Tinker Series Regular, 24 Episodes
1996 Drop the Dead Donkey TV Carol 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "What Are Friends For?"
1996 Pond Life TV Belle Series regular
19981999 How Do You Want Me? TV Helen Yardley Regular Role, 11 Episodes
1999 Notting Hill Film Honey Thacker Film Role
1999 Bravo Two Zero Film Dinger's Wife Film Role
2000 Take a Girl Like You TV Martha Thompson TV Series
2003 Little Robots TV Spotty TV Series, 2 Episodes "Spotty Rules" and "Spotty's Clean Machine"


  1. 1 2 BFI biodata
  2. "Emma Chambers: From dappy Alice to parasitic Sheila" The Independent (9 June 2002). Archived May 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  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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