Victoria Wood: Ricky Gervais and James Corden lead tributes following comedian’s death

The BAFTA-winning star passed away aged 62 after a short battle with cancer

Tributes have poured in for comedian, actress and writer Victoria Wood, who has died at the age of 62.

The news was confirmed by Wood’s publicist Neil Reading in a statement on Wednesday (April 20), which read: “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.”

Following the news, Wood’s comedy peers such as Jennifer Saunders and David Baddiel, as well as those she inspired such as Ricky Gervais and James Corden, have honoured the late star.

Writer Caitlin Moran wrote on Twitter: “Seeing Victoria Wood on TV – working class, bookish, silly, clever, doing stand-up, singing, acting – made me think ‘Girls can do this.'”

See a selection of tributes below.

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.