Bella Emberg

Bella Emberg (born Sybil Dyke;[1] 16 September 1937 – 12 January 2018)[2] was an English comedy actress whose television career spanned 60 years.[3][4]

Bella Emberg
Sybil Dyke

16 September 1937
Brighton, Sussex, England
Died12 January 2018 (aged 80)
Morden, England

Early life and career

Emberg was born in Brighton, and grew up wanting to be an entertainer. Her professional debut was in weekly repertory in Ryde, Isle of Wight in the summer season of 1962, aged 25.[5]

She appeared in TV series such as The Benny Hill Show, Softly, Softly and Z Cars, as well as having small roles in Grange Hill. Her best-known role was in The Russ Abbot Show, where she played superheroine Blunderwoman alongside Abbot's Cooperman character.[3] The show ran from 1980 to 1996, and at its peak attracted 18 million viewers.[5]

Emberg also starred in Mel Brooks’ film History of the World, Part I (1981).[6] She made a guest appearance in the revived version of The Basil Brush Show in 2006, and also featured in Doctor Who three times. In the 1970s, she had uncredited roles in the Third Doctor serials Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Time Warrior. In 2006, she played Mrs Croot in the Tenth Doctor episode "Love & Monsters"; a second appearance as Mrs Croot was recorded for "The Runaway Bride", but was cut before transmission. She played Aunt Barbara in the CBBC programme Bear Behaving Badly from 2008 to 2010.

Prior to her death, she completed filming for In the Long Run, a Sky One comedy created by Idris Elba, due to be broadcast in April 2018.[4]


Emberg died at home in Morden, Surrey on 12 January 2018, aged 80, from natural causes. [5]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Morning Story Mrs Shaw BBC tv movie
1978 Sammy's Super T-Shirt Woman at door Uncredited
1981 History of the World, Part I Baguette (The French Revolution)


  1. ^ Harp, Justin (13 January 2018). "Russ Abbot Show's Blunderwoman, actress Bella Emberg, dies at age 80". DigitalSpy.
  2. ^ Hayward, Anthony (14 January 2018). "Bella Emberg obituary". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Blunderwoman star Bella Emberg dies at age 80". ITV News. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  4. ^ a b "Comedy actress Bella Emberg dies". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  5. ^ a b c Jones, Stephen (12 January 2018). "Blunderwoman comedy star Bella Emberg dies. aged 80". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  6. ^ McPhee, Rod (2017-06-11). "'I put the costume on and my boobs fell out!' Bella Emberg on being Blunderwoman". mirror. Retrieved 2018-01-13.

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