Sunday, February 12, 2012

Emma Chambers looks like Claudie Blakely

You'd think that after almost two months of time off from the blog, I'd have been able to come up with something better than this. But here it is, another brief and slightly lame post:

Emma Chambers, playing Hugh Grant's sister "Honey," turns in a charming performance in Notting Hill.

While watching her in that film last night, I was convinced I'd seen her in something else before -- but I can't figure out what it could have been.  Still can't. She seems to have found fame in the Vicor of Dibley, but I've never watched that.

I think what was really going on was that she was reminding me powerfully of Claudie Blakely. I convinced myself I was watching Blakely in Notting Hill and they just didn't credit her for the role. Kidding. But seriously, these two look alike! Their eyes, noses, teeth, even a dimple.  Dead-ringers -- though about 10 years apart in age.

Oh, and as a side note, if you haven't seen it lately, you haven't seen it at all -- give Notting Hill a pop into the dvd player. You won't regret it. Funny, charming and romantic, a wonderful way to spend an evening.

17 comments:

  1. Thank you - I thought I was the only one who thought these were the same woman.

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  2. Ditto. I've been watching Claudia Blakely in Lark Rise to Candleford and thinking it was Emma Chambers the whole time.

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  3. The thing is they even talk in the same way, really... if you listen to them for a moment, you hear the likeness... :-)

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  4. Wow, I hadn't thought of that! I can "picture" their voices and I think you're right! So glad others have noticed this one too

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  5. Why isn't Emma Chambers acting anymore?

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    1. I don't actually know. I'll see what I can find out though.

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    2. Did anyone ever find out what shes doing now? She is etched in the hearts of so many as Alice Tinker... id love to know what shes up to..

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  6. I get them both mixed up, one of them plays in That Dubley thing, and one played in Martin Chuzzlewit, one played in "Touching Evil". They must be related they are so much alike.

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  7. I was just searching Emma Chambers because I looove her, and I came across your blog. Thank you so much for putting together all this information on British television. I fell deep in love with British comedy about 20 years ago and I have never looked back. British humor is so much smarter then most American writing. I have so many programs that I love and every time I really fall head over heels I find it's the same writer, Bob Larbey. Maybe you are familiar with him. Check him out. He is pretty mild, but consistently witty. Happy Blogging.

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    1. Thank you so much! What a great thing to notice about Bob Larbey. I am embarrassed to say that I almost never properly notice behind the scenes people, even great writers, and I definitely should. At least I'm penitent about it : ) Thanks so much for introducing me to his name!

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  8. What about Brad Pitt and Robert Redford ?

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    1. Hey that's a good one! I never considered it but I think you're right. I'm going to search for some photos right now. Thanks

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  9. Haha! *I* thought they looked alike too!
    I thought Emma and Claudie were the same person!
    Even the way they shake their head when they talk is the same!

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  10. Well...I had to "Google" after watching Midsomer Murders to make sure I wasn't watching "Alice"...what an absolutely remarkable resemblance between these two actresses!
    I wonder if there might be any remote way within their families that there was ever a "connection"!!

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  11. I kept telling my husband it was Emma whilst we were watching Midsomer Murders but he said she'd be much older. I also had to "Google" to find out! Remarkable likeness!

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  12. Just watched Midsomer Murders in which Claudie Blakely played a role. I remembered her from Pride and Prejudice. Looking up her filmography brought up a photo of Emma... I won't go on here as another has had the same experience and written it above! However, in the Season 17 MM about the Magician I noticed the actress who played the sister, Clare, in Truly Madly Deeply had a main role. Fun to find these actors carrying on.

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  13. I'm currently intrigued by the similarity of Emma Chambers' Alice Tinker character and that of "Darren" in S6 Ep 4 of Midsomer Murders, played by Leo Bill. Very similar vocals and body language.

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