Comedian Victoria Wood has died, aged 62

The BAFTA-winning star passed away after a short battle with cancer

Comedian, actress and writer Victoria Wood has died at the age of 62.

Her publicist Neil Reading said in a statement today (April 20): “Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer. The multi BAFTA award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning. She was 62. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”

Lancashire-born Wood rose to fame when she won the TV talent contest New Faces in 1974. She later starred in her own award-winning mid-’80s sketch series, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, which featured the cult soap opera spoof Acorn Antiques.

She wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Dinnerladies between 1998 and 2000, and wrote and starred in the 2006 TV film Housewife, 49, for which she won two of her five BAFTAs.

Wood was also a talented songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics for 2005’s Acorn Antiques: The Musical! – based on her earlier soap opera parody – and numerous popular comedy songs such as ‘The Ballad Of Barry And Freda (Let’s Do It)’.

Wood, who was also known for working regularly with the actors Julie Walters, Duncan Preston and Celia Imrie, was awarded a CBE in 2008. She is survived by her two grown-up children.

Ricky Gervais, James Corden and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, are among those paying tribute to Wood on Twitter. Read a selection of their tweets below.