Minor TV roles followed but her big break came in 1980 with Abbot. His casting criteria were hardly flattering, though. “Russ said he was looking for a fat woman who could keep a straight face,” Emberg recalled “That was fine by me.”
In a TV career spanning six decades, she appeared in many classic shows including The Basil Brush Show, Z Cars, Father Brown, The Tomorrow People and Grange Hill. She was a familiar figure to younger viewers from her role as Aunt Barbara in CBBC sitcom Bear Behaving Badly.
She popped up three times in Doctor Who, most notably as Mrs Croot in the Tenth Doctor adventure Love & Monsters, with David Tennant as the Timelord and Peter Kay as monstrous alien The Abzorbaloff.
Emberg’s most memorable film role came in Mel Brooks' 1981 cult classic History of the World: Part I, alongside starry names such as Spike Milligan, Sid Caesar, John Hurt, Jackie Mason and Orson Welles.
She also appeared in Matt Lucas’s dialogue-free sitcom Pompidou and said proudly that she’d been “lucky enough to work with three geniuses: Benny Hill, Mel Brooks and Matt Lucas”.
Tributes have poured in from fellow light entertainment stalwarts. Old cohort Les Dennis said: “So sad to lose the lovely Bella Emberg. A funny, lovely friend.”
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/01/13/farwell-bella-emberg-russ-abbots-truly-wonderous-blunder-woman/229