Dawn French set to pay tribute to late actress Emma Chalmers in Vicar of Dibley ...

Dawn French revealed she will pay tribute to late actress Emma Chalmers who played much loved actress Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley festive reboot. 

Talking to Lorraine on Thursday, Dawn, 63, said: 'There is a eulogy to Alice there which wasn’t very easy for me to film which was important for me to do.'

Emma, who starred in the sitcom for 13 years, died of natural causes, thought to be a heart attack back in February 2018.  

'It wasn't easy for me to film': Dawn French told Lorraine on Thursday that she is set to pay tribute to late actress Emma Chalmers who played Alice in The Vicar of Dibley festive reboot

'It wasn't easy for me to film': Dawn French told Lorraine on Thursday that she is set to pay tribute to late actress Emma Chalmers who played Alice in The Vicar of Dibley festive reboot

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And while the show will no longer have those classic post-credits scenes where Geraldine Granger tells Alice a joke which she doesn’t understand, Dawn said there will be a nod to that. 

She teased: 'We do have Hugo Horton, Alice’s husband, he is there with me, James Fleet plays him, and there is a lovely moment when I tell a joke to him and fingers crossed he might get it at last.'

Dawn previously said: 'This has been a very shocking and sad loss. Far too young and I think we're all still reeling a little bit from it.

Sad loss: Emma, who played Alice Tinker in the BBC show, (pictured) passed away in 2018, from natural causes, thought to be a heart attack

Sad loss: Emma, who played Alice Tinker in the BBC show, (pictured) passed away in 2018, from natural causes, thought to be a heart attack

'My memories of working with Emma are some of my most favourite memories of my whole career. She's a massively diligent person, much unlike [her character] Alice. 

'She was incredibly bright. Very funny, very knowing and yet she was able to play someone who was in a different world.

She continued: 'She didn’t play a simpleton, she played someone who had a different reality. She was incredibly authentic at that and I will miss that. 

I have to tell you, to play a clown in a way like that, it takes a lot of hard work. You have to learn things very particularly. She did it really well, really well.' 

Tribute: Dawn told Lorraine that while the show will no longer have those classic post-credits scenes where Geraldine Granger tells Alice a joke which she doesn’t understand, there will be a nod to that

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Tribute: Dawn told Lorraine that while the show will no longer have those classic post-credits scenes where Geraldine Granger tells Alice a joke which she doesn’t understand, there will be a nod to that

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