Curse of The Vicar of Dibley!How six of the eight main stars have died

Curse of The Vicar of Dibley: Six of the eight main stars of the sitcom have died in the last decade, including Emma Chambers who had a heart attack aged 53 – with only Dawn French and James Fleet remaining

  • On Monday it was confirmed that actor Gary Waldhorn, 78, died ‘peacefully in his home’, making him the sixth cast member of The Vicar of Dibley to pass away over the last decade
  • The hit British sitcom ran for over twenty years after its first episode in 1994, and tells the story of Oxfordshire village Dibley, after it is assigned a female vicar
  • The majority of the main cast members are now no longer alive, with Trevor Peacock, Emma Chambers and John Bluthal all having passed away since 2018
  • Liz Smith and Roger Lloyd-Pack also shocked fans when they died in 2016 and 2014 respectively, leaving Dawn French and James Fleet as the only remaining living main cast members
  • On Monday it was confirmed that actor Gary Waldhorn, 78, died ‘peacefully in his home’, making him the sixth cast member of The Vicar of Dibley to pass away over the last decade.

    The hit British sitcom ran for over twenty years after its first episode in 1994, and tells the story of Oxfordshire village Dibley, after it is assigned a female vicar following the 1992 changes in the Church of England that permitted the ordination of women. 

    However  the majority of the main cast members are now no longer alive, with Trevor Peacock, Emma Chambers and John Bluthal all having passed away since 2018.

    Meanwhile Liz Smith and Roger Lloyd-Pack also shocked fans when they died in 2016 and 2014 respectively, leaving Dawn French and James Fleet – who played Geraldine Granger and Hugo Horton – as the only remaining living main cast members.

    On Monday it was confirmed that actor Gary Waldhorn, 78, (seen top centre)  died 'peacefully in his home', making him the sixth cast member of The Vicar of Dibley to pass away over the last decade. Sadly Trevor Peacock, top right, Emma Chambers, bottom centre, and John Bluthal, top left,  have all passed away since 2018, including Roger Lloyd-Pack (bottom right)

    On Monday it was confirmed that actor Gary Waldhorn, 78, (seen top centre)  died ‘peacefully in his home’, making him the sixth cast member of The Vicar of Dibley to pass away over the last decade. Sadly Trevor Peacock, top right, Emma Chambers, bottom centre, and John Bluthal, top left,  have all passed away since 2018, including Roger Lloyd-Pack (bottom right)

    Dawn French (left) played Geraldine Granger

    James Fleet (far right) played Hugo Horton

    Dawn French (left) and James Fleet (far right) – who played Geraldine Granger and Hugo Horton – are the only main cast members still alive from the hit British sitcom

    Gary Waldhorn (2022)

    Gary Waldhorn was best known for playing the role of Councillor David Horton in the hugely popular series alongside Dawn French from 1994 to 2007 Pictured: Gary Waldhorn with Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley and passed away in 2022 aged 78

    Gary Waldhorn was best known for playing the role of Councillor David Horton in the hugely popular series alongside Dawn French from 1994 to 2007 Pictured: Gary Waldhorn with Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley and passed away in 2022 aged 78

    Left to right: Emma Chambers, Dawn French and Gary Waldhorn in The Vicar of Dibley

    Left to right: Emma Chambers, Dawn French and Gary Waldhorn in The Vicar of Dibley

    Emma Chambers as alice pictured with James Fleet as Hugo (centre)and Gary Waldhorn as David in a scene from the television programme Vicar of Dibley

    Emma Chambers as alice pictured with James Fleet as Hugo (centre)and Gary Waldhorn as David in a scene from the television programme Vicar of Dibley

    Gary Waldhorn was best known for playing the role of Councillor David Horton in the hugely popular series alongside Dawn French from 1994 to 2007.

    The actor died earlier this week aged 78, with Mr Walhorn’s son, Josh, said he ‘peacefully passed away’ at 6.45am on Monday. 

    Mr Waldhorn most recently appeared in The Vicar of Dibley Christmas special during lockdown, but has also appeared in a number of classic British TV shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon, and even featured in comedy sketch show French And Saunders.

    He also provided voiceovers for adverts including for Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.

    Mr Waldhorn was an accomplished Shakespearean actor and had performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company including in Much Ado About Nothing.

    His theatre roles included Good for the RSC in 1981, which went to Broadway the following year, while he also starred alongside David Tennant in Black Comedy in the West End in 1998.

    Emma Chambers (2018)

    Emma Chambers played alongside French from 1994 to 2007 in the much loved sitcom and won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress for her performance in 1998 (both seen)

    Emma Chambers played alongside French from 1994 to 2007 in the much loved sitcom and won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress for her performance in 1998 (both seen)

    Best known for playing Alice Tinker in the BBC sitcom which starred Dawn French, the Doncaster-born star also featured in Notting Hill alongside Julia Roberts and sadly died in 2018 aged 53

    Best known for playing Alice Tinker in the BBC sitcom which starred Dawn French, the Doncaster-born star also featured in Notting Hill alongside Julia Roberts and sadly died in 2018 aged 53

    Best known for playing Alice Tinker in the BBC sitcom which starred Dawn French, the Doncaster-born star also featured in Notting Hill alongside Julia Roberts.

    Emma Chambers played alongside French from 1994 to 2007 in the much loved sitcom and won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress for her performance in 1998.

    Notting Hill co-star Hugh Grant led tributes following her passing in February 2018 when she died of a heart attack aged 53, calling her a ‘warm person’ and ‘brilliant actress’.

    Dawn French said: ‘Emma was a very bright spark and the most loyal & loving friend anyone could wish for. I will miss her very much.’

    Trevor Peacock (2021)

    Trevor Peacock (seen with Dawn French) played Jim Trott in the comedy series, suffered from dementia in later life. Mr Peacock first appeared opposite Dawn French in the BBC sitcom in its debut episode in 1994 and continued to appear in every episode of the Richard Curtis show until 2015. He passed away  in 2020 aged 90

    Trevor Peacock (seen with Dawn French) played Jim Trott in the comedy series, suffered from dementia in later life. Mr Peacock first appeared opposite Dawn French in the BBC sitcom in its debut episode in 1994 and continued to appear in every episode of the Richard Curtis show until 2015. He passed away  in 2020 aged 90

    The actor, who played Jim Trott in the comedy series, suffered from dementia in later life.

    The degenerative condition contributed to his death on in March 2020, with his family confirming he passed away from a ‘dementia-related illness’, aged 90.

    Mr Peacock first appeared opposite Dawn French in the BBC sitcom in its debut episode in 1994 and continued to appear in every episode of the Richard Curtis show until 2015.

    The actor, who is survived by his four children, won over fans with his saucy innuendos and his tonguetied catchphrase of ‘no no no no…’ before everything he says.

    John Bluthal (2018)

    John Bluthal, a stalwart of British sitcoms, died at the age of 89 in 2018. The actor was best-known for playing Frank Pickle, the likable but dull parish council secretary in The Vicar Of Dibley

    John Bluthal, a stalwart of British sitcoms, died at the age of 89 in 2018. The actor was best-known for playing Frank Pickle, the likable but dull parish council secretary in The Vicar Of Dibley

    John Bluthal, a stalwart of British sitcoms, died at the age of 89 in 2018.

    The actor was best-known for playing Frank Pickle, the likable but dull parish council secretary in The Vicar Of Dibley, and for his work with Spike Milligan in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    His Vicar Of Dibley co-star Dawn French paid tribute to him on Twitter, writing: ‘Tons of happy laughs remembered today. Cheeky, naughty, hilarious. Bye darlin Bluey.’

    One of his last roles was opposite George Clooney and Channing Tatum in the Coen Brothers’ 2016 Oscar-nominated film Hail, Caesar!

    Liz Smith (2016) 

    Liz Smith played eccentric baker Letitia Cropley alongside French, but said she was devastated when her character was killed off. Liz Smith passed away thirteen days after her 95th birthday in 2016.

    Liz Smith played eccentric baker Letitia Cropley alongside French, but said she was devastated when her character was killed off. Liz Smith passed away thirteen days after her 95th birthday in 2016.

    The actress was best known for playing the ailing Nana in the BBC comedy show The Royle Family.

    She also starred in hit shows The Vicar of Dibley and Lark Rise to Candleford.

    Ms Smith played eccentric baker Letitia Cropley alongside French, but said she was devastated when her character was killed off.

    Liz Smith passed away thirteen days after her 95th birthday in 2016.

    Roger Lloyd-Pack (2014) 

    Roger Lloyd Pack (left) was known for his role as oddball farmer Owen in the enormously successful BBC comedy, The Vicar of Dibley

    Roger Lloyd Pack (left) was known for his role as oddball farmer Owen in the enormously successful BBC comedy, The Vicar of Dibley

    Seen in 2008, he died in 2014 from pancreatic cancer, aged 69. He was affectionately known to millions as the dim-witted Trigger in Only Fools And Horses.

    Seen in 2008, he died in 2014 from pancreatic cancer, aged 69. He was affectionately known to millions as the dim-witted Trigger in Only Fools And Horses.

    Roger Lloyd Pack was affectionately known to millions as the dim-witted Trigger in Only Fools And Horses.

    He was also known for his role as oddball farmer Owen in the enormously successful BBC comedy, The Vicar of Dibley.

    His first marriage to Sheila Ball in 1967 led to the birth of their daughter Emily, now 44, who rose to prominence with a role in the film Wish You Were Here at the age of 16.

    Lloyd-Pack then had three sons with his second wife, Ms Markham.  He died in 2014 from pancreatic cancer, aged 69.

    Pictured: Vicar of Dibley starring (L-R, back row first): Frank Pickle (JOHN BLUTHAL), Hugh Horton (JAMES FLEET), Jim Trott (TREVOR PEACOCK), Owen Newitt (ROGER LLOYD PACK), Alice Tinker EMMA CHAMBERS, Geraldine (DAWN FRENCH), David Horton (Gary Waldhorn). Dawn and James are the only remaining cast members still alive

    Pictured: Vicar of Dibley starring (L-R, back row first): Frank Pickle (JOHN BLUTHAL), Hugh Horton (JAMES FLEET), Jim Trott (TREVOR PEACOCK), Owen Newitt (ROGER LLOYD PACK), Alice Tinker EMMA CHAMBERS, Geraldine (DAWN FRENCH), David Horton (Gary Waldhorn). Dawn and James are the only remaining cast members still alive

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