The actor Bella Emberg, who has died aged 80, played stooge to comedians such as Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd, Dick Emery, Stanley Baxter and Les Dawson on TV before gaining her greatest fame as a foil to Russ Abbot.
Alongside his spoof superhero Cooperman, a fusion of Tommy Cooper and Superman, she was memorable as Blunderwoman, one of her many metaphorically and physically larger-than-life characters. “It’s my fate to play fat, ugly bags,” she said in 1987. “My big break came when Russ wanted a fat lady who could keep a straight face.”
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