Doncaster born Chambers played the delightfully dim Alice Tinker in the classic sitcom from 1994 to 2007. She was the perfect foil to Dawn French and became a much loved household name, winning a British Comedy Award for her performance in 1998. Also that year she starred as Charlotte Coleman's sister in Simon Nye's How Do You Want Me?, a wonderful sitcom (and an absolute favourite of mine) that launched Dylan Moran's career. The following year she played a sister again, this time Hugh Grant's sibling on the big screen for Notting Hill from Dibley writer Richard Curtis.
Other roles included Charity Pecksniff in the BBC's 1994 adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit and an against-type turn as Martha Thompson in Andrew Davies' 2000 adaptation of Kingsley Amis' Take a Girl Like You; a performance that cast aside her usual loveable ditzy demeanour. She also lent her voice to several animations but had seemingly retired from acting by the mid '00s, only returning to her role as Alice for numerous Dibley specials, often for Comic Relief. It will of course be the role of Alice Tinker that Chambers will be best remembered for, a performance that brought much laughter and love.
The actress died on Wednesday of natural causes and is survived by her husband, actor Ian Dunn.