Emma Chambers was so allergic to animals she couldn't even touch them... yet she lived on a farm
A 2002 interview of Emma Chambers has shed light on the health battles she endured throughout her life
The Vicar of Dibley and Notting Hill star Emma Chambers died on February 21 and the cause of her death was cited natural. However, an old 2002 interview has shed light on the health battles she endured throughout her life — apparently Chambers was asthmatic and seriously allergic to animals.
The 53-year-old was unable to even touch animals after getting diagnosed with chronic allergies at eight. But despite it all, she was living on a farm and owned a dog. In an interview with the Telegraph, Chambers described a reaction to a cat while in her dressing room at the Albery Theatre.
"I had to dash up to wardrobe, I had to leave. I was itching, wheezy. My voice was husky the next day - from being in here for a few minutes — and I looked horrendous," she revealed. She further opened up about her time on the set of Vicar of Dibley: "It was in the days when I used to go, 'Oh, I'm fine' — but, now, at the grand old age of 38, I don't do that anymore. I shout 'GET THEM OUT!" she had highlighted. "I remember seeing a take afterwards and nearly dying with embarrassment, as I looked horrendous. My eyes were out here."
In the same interview, Chambers opened about how lightly chronic allergies are considered, even blaming her mother. "People don't take it seriously. My mother would just say, 'Get on with it'. There was no understanding of how chronic allergies can be."
But despite all the troubles she faced, she lived on a farm and owned a pet dog named Hattie. She loved her basset hound and expressed how helpless she felt around the dog. "The temptation to just pick up that big paw and kiss it is huge. But I can't. I cannot touch animals," she sighed.
The British actor was best known for her role as Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley and starred as Honey in British comedy Notting Hill.
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